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Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
Showing no sign of pre-wedding nerves, a smiling and confident Prince Harry greets fans yesterday on a surprise walkabout outside Windsor Castle where many had been waiting for hours
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PRINCE Harry greeted well-wishers outside
Windsor Castle yesterday and told them he
couldn’t wait to get married today.
Joined by his brother and best man, the
Duke of Cambridge, the Prince looked relaxed
during the 10-minute walkabout on his last
night as a single man.
It echoed the eve of William’s wedding in
2011 when the pair greeted royal fans with an
impromptu public appearance on The Mall in
central London.
Harry shook hands with dozens of wellwishers who shouted “good luck”. At one
point he was handed a small teddy bear wearing a red sweater and gave it a hug.
Asked if he was looking forward to his big
day, he replied: “I’m really excited. I can’t
wait.” He was asked twice if he was nervous,
but he did not answer, and shortly afterwards
when he was asked how he was
feeling, he said: “Great, thanks.”
In the melee, Harry rushed
to comfort Enes Bozkurt, 11.
Enes said: “He asked, ‘Are
you OK’ because I got
crushed by photographers.
He asked my name so I told
him and he said, ‘How long
have you been waiting to meet
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us?’ William shook my hand.” Her mother
Leigh, 47, of Bracknell, Berks, said: “I took
my son Cameron out of school early to come
and soak up the atmosphere and stood for
two hours with the hope of seeing someone.
Poor Enes got crushed but it worked out
in our favour.”
Meghan O’Shea, seven, of Holyport, near
Maidenhead, said the Prince told her: “There
aren’t very many Meghans with an H around.”
Little Meghan said of her namesake: “I think
she’s very nice.”
Harry told a woman who had travelled from
Toronto: “Thank you so much for coming all
this way.” And he joked with others that he
was just going to the pub.
The Prince managed to spot a familiar face,
racing over to greet his friend
Dean Stott, who has just
broken the world record for
cycling the Pan American
Highway while raising money
for mental health charity
Heads Together.
Dean said: “He said I was
looking skinny. If he’s nervous, he’s hiding it very well.”
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Pictures: DYLAN MARTINEZ / REUTERS, STEVE PARSONS, BEN BIRCHALL / PA
Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland were clearly delighted as they arrived at the Cliveden
House Hotel in Berkshire yesterday where the pair are staying before the wedding ceremony
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A SMILING Meghan Markle said she was
feeling “wonderful” when she arrived at a
five-star hotel yesterday.
Accompanied by her mother Doria Ragland
the bride-to-be checked into the Cliveden
House Hotel in Taplow, Berkshire, straight
after introducing her mother to the Queen
and Prince Philip.
She and Doria were driven to the luxury
hotel after joining her fiance Harry and his
grandparents at Windsor Castle.
Looking glamorous in a navy dress,
Meghan, 36, flashed a smile and when asked
how she was feeling, replied: “Wonderful,
thank you.” But beneath her confident
exterior, she was said to be suffering prenuptial butterflies.
A source said: “They are both ready. The
last couple of days all their friends have been
arriving. I think everything has started to feel
very real after a long time planning. All
weddings are complicated to plan, and something on this scale is completely different.
They have made every decision.”
The two women were met by the hotel’s
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MEGHAN Markle’s mother
met The Queen and the
Duke of Edinburgh for the
first time yesterday and
enjoyed a traditional
English afternoon tea.
Doria Ragland arrived
from LA and was greeted
in the Queen’s apartments
in Windsor Castle.
general manager Kevin Brooke and his
deputy Andre Bremermann on the red carpet
at the front of the hotel.
Her dress was understood to have arrived
at Cliveden before her.
A team of three assistants will be on hand
to help the bride with the dress and her hair
and make-up today.
Harry, meanwhile, is staying 15 miles away
at Coworth Park, near Ascot, with his best
man Prince William.
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Meghan leaves Kensington Palace yesterday
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BRITAIN went into party mode for
a royal extravaganza today as
Prince Harry and Megan Markle
prepared to marry in front of a
billion-strong worldwide television
audience.
The nation is expected to come
to a standstill as the couple wed at
noon at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in front of a congregation of 600.
As Harry, 33, went on a surprise
walkabout in Windsor his American
bride-to-be arrived at her hotel,
Cliveden House, nine miles away
and said she was feeling “wonderful”.
A source close to the couple said
that, despite their apparent confidence both were suffering the
“normal nerves” of any couple getting married.
Earlier, it was announced that
Prince Charles is to step in for
Thomas Markle and walk Meghan
down the aisle after the bride’s
father pulled out of attending the
service, citing medical advice.
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Meghan, a proud feminist, had
been tipped to break the mould
and ask her mother Doria Ragland
to step in to perform the traditionally male role after her father told
her he could not fly to Britain amid
unconfirmed reports he had undergone heart surgery near his home in
Mexico.
But sources said it was Meghan’s
idea to ask her future father-in-law.
“She has got to know the Prince of
Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
and they all get on really well. It
was her idea to ask the Prince. She
put it to Harry and then they asked
his father,” said one.
Charles, 69, was “touched” to be
asked, according to officials at
Clarence House. As the longest
serving heir to the throne in history,
he has huge experience of appearing at large-scale public events
amid intense scrutiny and is
unlikely to be fazed by his lastminute duties.
But the choice of her
future father-in-law for the
duties left an imbalance
in the make-up of the
wedding party. The
bride’s mother is
her
only
close
relative
attending
Meghan
and her
father
Thomas
A MARVELLOUS if
unconventional solution
has been reached with the
news that the Prince of
Wales is to formally give
Meghan Markle away.
Meghan may have
dreamt distantly of
marrying a handsome
prince but never in her
wildest dreams can she
have thought that a future
King would lead her to the
altar of St George’s
Chapel.
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Few would deny that it
has been a bumpy week
for Meghan, when she
might have hoped to
spend her time quietly
preparing for what is
going to be a momentous
wedding day. I need no
convincing that Windsor
likes a royal occasion but
the undoubted goodwill
towards bride and groom
combined with perfect
early summer weather has
transformed this castle
town into a maelstrom of
activity.
Overshadowing all this
was the “will-he? won’t
he?” drama of poor Mr
Markle, the bride’s father.
In the end a combination
of stress, ill-health,
shame at being caught in
a well-meaning if illconceived attempt to
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present himself as an
involved father,
culminated in the news
that he was not coming.
Doria Ragland,
Meghan’s mother, will still
accompany her from
Cliveden on the journey
along the Long Walk.
Prince Charles knows
his way up that aisle. In
June 1968 he processed
in to be installed as a
Knight of the Garter, and
in 2005 he escorted
Camilla Parker Bowles to
the High Altar for the
service of blessing.
It was always said that
he regretted not having a
daughter of his own, but
he has stepped in before,
when Lord Brabourne was
not well enough to escort
his daughter Alexandra to
the altar in Romsey Abbey
in 2016, though
Brabourne was present
with his wife Penny.
Prince Charles looked
delighted as he steered
the bride gently by the
hand. On that occasion
he was described as a
“high class substitution.”
The same applies
today. What you need at a
wedding are participants
who can perform these
duties with quiet dignity
and in that respect Prince
Charles is a winner.
It also shows Charles’s
compassion for a girl
whose father could not be
with her on the day. She
used to join her dad on
the set of Married… With
Children, appearing still
in her school uniform. He
converted the bathroom
into a darkroom for her,
and he drove her to her
first auditions.
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She once posted a text:
“I’m still your buckaroo
and to this day your hugs
are still the very best in
the whole wide world,”
and she thanked him for
instilling his work ethic
into her and for being “the
person who believed in
this grand dream of mine
[acting] well before I
could even see it as a
possibility”.
She would have wanted
her father there but since
he can’t be, how very
inclusive and welcoming
it is of Prince Charles to
take on that role. And
when, Mr Markle perks up
again, he will surely take a
certain pride in his “high
class substitution.”
Charles and Alexandra and, inset, the note on his new role
the wedding. Many in her family,
including her half-brother Thomas
Markle Junior, 51, and half-sister
Samantha Markle, 53, have not
been invited after falling out with
her, trying to make money from
their association with her and
criticising her publicly.
Few who have known her for
more than a few years will be in
the congregation, although
close friends from her work in
television and with charities
will be there.
Her father, who is
said to be recovering from a heart
operation,
has
been in touch
with her several
times over the
past few days.
In an interview with a
Hollywood showbusiness news
website, he gave his blessing yesterday to Prince Charles walking
her down the aisle.
Mr Markle, 73, a retired Hollywood lighting director, was quoted
by the TMZ website saying he had
told Meghan and Harry he was
“honoured and grateful” that
Charles was stepping in.
He said she was “super sweet” on
the phone, telling him she loved
him and worrying about his health,
according to the report, which said
he was recovering and would be
“proudly watching the wedding on
television “in a secluded place with
friends, hopefully no press.”
Harry and Meghan, the report
said, have plans to visit him and he
told them he hoped to travel to
Britain to meet Harry and see Meghan “sometime in the near future”.
Meghan, 36, will walk up the nave
of St George’s Chapel – the first
part of the church – on her own in
front of a global television audience
predicted to top one billion.
She will be followed by her six
bridesmaids and four pageboys
including Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Dean of Windsor will be among the procession.
Meghan will then be accompanied by Charles through the quire,
which begins in the middle of the
chapel.
The Archbishop of Canterbury,
Justin Welby, praised Charles for
stepping in. “He’s a very warm person and that he’s doing this is a
sign of his love and concern and
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support,” he said. “And I think it’s
wonderful. It’s beautiful.”
Mr Welby asked for people to
remember Meghan’s father in their
prayers. “I hope people will pray for
him, and pray for the couple and
pray for everyone involved in the
process tomorrow,” he said.
The Markles, unlike the Duchess
of Cambridge’s family, the Middletons, will not be given their own
coat of arms to mark their daughter’s marriage into royalty.
But Harry and Meghan will get a
new coat of arms next week.
The bride and groom went to
Windsor for their final rehearsal
ahead of the big day and joined
Meghan’s mother, Doria, for tea
with the Queen and Prince Philip.
Outside, the streets were filled
with thousands of fans.
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Order of Service, above, shows Meghan’s father walking her
down the aisle. Stand By Me lyrics, below. The vows, right
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle
have given a nod to the late Princess Diana and acknowledged the
brides’s independence and AfricanAmerican roots in their marriage
ceremony today.
The Order of Service, which had
already been printed for the 600
guests before Meghan’s father Thomas Markle pulled out of the ceremony on Thursday citing medical
advice, still shows him walking her
down the aisle.
It will be Prince Charles standing
in for Mr Markle, 73, doing what
Kensington Palace describes as
“accompanying” the bride down
the aisle of The Quire at St George’s
Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Royal sources said it had been
the bride’s wish to describe her
father accompanying her rather
than “giving her away” because she
regarded that description as outdated and wanted to proclaim her
feminism.
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Meghan, 36, has followed in the
footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and Harry’s mother,
Diana, in 1981 in refusing to vow to
“obey” her husband.
For their vows, Harry and Meghan have selected words from The
Marriage Service from Common
Worship (2000), each pledging
themselves “for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer, in sickness
and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part”.
The wording of the service is
more modern than the version used
by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. It features contemporary language, using “you”
instead of “thee” and “thou”.
Unlike his brother William and
Couple choose
modern twist
on traditional
wedding vows
grandfather Prince Philip, Harry,
33, will wear a wedding ring. His
father Prince Charles wears one
under a signet ring.
The couple have put their own
personal and modern touch on the
wedding music. There is a nod to
Diana with the hymn Guide Me, O
Thou Great Redeemer which was
played at her funeral and at the
memorial service 10 years after her
death as well as at William and
Kate’s wedding.
Meghan’s African-American heritage will be celebrated by Karen
Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
belting out the soul classic Stand
By Me by Ben E King in the 15th
century chapel.
The gospel choir will also perform Etta James’ version of Amen/
This Little Light of Mine as the
newlyweds leave the chapel. Harry
and Meghan have also added a
transatlantic twist by inviting the
Most Rev Michael Curry, the 27th
Archbishop Justin
Welby (left) and
Rev Michael Curry
presiding bishop and primate of
the Episcopal Church, to give the
sermon, before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby carries out
the wedding service.
Princess Diana’s sister Lady Jane
Fellowes will deliver a reading from
the Song of Solomon, which
stresses the strength and power of
love.
Lady Jane, whose husband Baron
Robert Fellowes is a former private
secretary to the Queen, also gave a
reading at Diana’s funeral in 1997.
The passage she will read says:
“Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm; for love is
as strong as death, passion fierce as
the grave.”
Kensington Palace said the couple had thought carefully about the
music and hymns – which will be
performed by the St George’s
Chapel Choir conducted by James
Vivian – and other parts of the ceremony, and had turned to Charles
for help.
“Like any couple getting married,
Prince Harry and Ms Markle have
taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service,”
the palace said.
“They have also sought the advice
of the Prince of Wales for the orchestral music before the service
begins.”
Music before the service includes
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia
on Greensleeves and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin.
As the bride and groom sign the
register, teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason will perform three
pieces by Faure, Schubert and
Maria Theresia von Paradis.
In keeping with royal wedding
tradition, the National Anthem will
be played at the end.
Pictures: STEVE PARSONS / PA, MAX MUMBY / INDIGO, MARK STEWART, TIM STEWART
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James Vivian conducts St George’s Chapel Choir during rehearsal this week
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THE Duke of Edinburgh
will attend the wedding
despite his new hip op.
Prince Philip, left, who
will be 97 next month,
has spent six weeks in
rehabilitation to be fit to
attend the nuptials.
He has taken to
calling Meghan the
DOW, short for Duchess
of Windsor after Wallis
Simpson, the US
divorcee whose affair
with Edward VIII
sparked the Abdication
crisis in 1936.
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The Royal
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And Meghan
Markle will be
broadcast on
BBC One from 9am
to 2pm. Live coverage of the
day’s events will be presented
by Kirsty Young, above, Huw
Edwards and Dermot O’Leary.
Former Gogglebox star
Scarlett Moffatt, right, will be
the royal correspondent for
BBC Radio 1 for the day.
The high points of the
celebrations will be
shown on BBC2 in
The Royal Wedding:
Highlights Of The
Day from 7pm to
8.30pm.
The dress Meghan wore for her fictional wedding as Rachel in TV drama Suits
Designer wedding gown is
Meghan’s best kept secret
THE eyes of the world will be on
Meghan today as she walks up the
aisle in what is sure to be the wedding
dress of the year.
The design of the gown will remain
a closely guarded secret until the
moment Ms Markle emerges in all her
finery to make her way to St George’s
Chapel, Windsor.
London-based Ralph & Russo,
whose dress Meghan wore for her
official engagement photos, are
rumoured to be the chosen designers.
Australian pair Tamara Ralph and
Michael Russo are famed for their
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extravagant couture. Other names in
the frame, according to the bookies,
include the Duchess of Cambridge’s
wedding dress designer Alexander
McQueen, former Spice Girl Victoria
Beckham and the quintessentially
British fashion house Burberry.
Whatever Meghan’s choice, it is
unlikely to be anything like the
sleeveless Kleinfeld gown she wore
for her fictional wedding to Mike Ross
as TV character Rachel Zane in US
legal drama Suits.
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A LUXURY food firm has created a smoked salmon treat to celebrate the
wedding featuring two fillets of fish joined by a beetroot “wedding ring”.
One half of the Scottish fillet has a delicate ginger and wasabi flavour
while the other is lightly smoked.
Forman and Field named the 14oz treat, which sells for £49.50, Harry’s
Royal Fillet after Prince Harry and the company’s founder Harry Forman.
A spokesman said: “We have been curing Scottish salmon for more
than 100 years and wanted to create a treat worthy of a Queen, King,
Prince or Duchess.”
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Harry And
Meghan:
The Royal
Wedding will
be broadcast
from 9.25am to 3pm
on ITV.
Presenters Philip Schofield,
above right, and Julie
Etchingham, who hosted
coverage of Prince William’s
wedding in
2011, will
front the
programme
from a
specially
constructed
studio on
The Long
Walk in
Windsor.
Sky News is
screening the
proceedings in
ultra high definition,
fronted by presenter
Kay Burley, below,
from a studio on The
Long Walk.
The Royal Wedding Special
will be shown from 9am to 3pm
on Sky News and Sky One.
Other
presenters
on the
programme
include
Anna
Botting,
Jayne
Secker
and
Jonathan
Samuels.
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PUBS are gearing up for Super Saturday today
with licensing rules relaxed by two hours to
celebrate the royal nuptials.
Pubs across England and
Wales can stay open until 1am
instead of 11pm.
With the FA Cup Final and
good weather, landlords are
expecting a bumper weekend.
Hours were last extended for
the Queen’s 90th birthday in
2016 and the 2014 World Cup.
To celebrate the occasion,
hundreds of pubs across the
country have come up with
quirky ways to mark the day.
The Swan in London’s Hyde
Park will host a high tea with
cupcakes, chocolates and a
photo shoot from the balcony.
The aptly named Windsor
Castle in Stockport, Cheshire,
will have a raffle, afternoon tea
and Royal Curry.
Surrey’s Hogs Back has
brewed Hoppy Ever After, a
golden beer with refreshing
citrus notes. Brakspear’s
Hooray Harry is made from
British and American hops.
Steve Newton, of Worldpay,
estimates Britons will spend
£43million in pubs and bars.
IT’S nothing but blue skies for the happy
couple, who can organise everything but the
British weather.
Windsor is expected to see
“ideal” wedding conditions
today, with balmy temperatures
and clear skies accompanied
by a light breeze.
Met Office meteorologist
Martin Bowles said: “We are
expecting wall-to-wall
sunshine all day.
“The beginning of the day will
start off cold – around 43F (6C)
– but will rapidly warm up.”
The glorious forecast comes
with a health warning for the
thousands of well-wishers
expected to turn out – use
plenty of sun cream and wear
a hat. The conditions will be
just right for when the
newlyweds ride around the
town in the open-top Landau
carriage at around 1pm.
The evening reception at
nearby Frogmore House,
hosted by the Prince of Wales,
will also be blessed with clear
skies – and, presumably, a
perfect night for stargazers.
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THE nation’s rush for a cup
of tea after the ceremony will
trigger a massive surge in electricity demand, National Grid
said yesterday.
The networks operator said
the biggest surge of 1,500megawatts is expected at the end
of the ceremony, followed by
the moment the newlyweds’
carriage enters Windsor Castle.
The surge could fire up 500,000
kettles.
That compares with a pick-up
of 2,400MW following Prince
William and Kate’s wedding in
2011. This would have been
equal to boiling 800,000 kettles.
The demand increases, called
TV pick-ups, often follow key
points in live sporting events as
fans get up during a break and
use appliances.
The key wedding moments
expected to boost demand
include the first glimpse of
the royal family and guests, at
250MW, along with a 400MW
boost when Prince Harry and
the Duke of Cambridge arrive.
The arrivals of the Queen and
also Ms Markle could see a
600MW demand, according to
National Grid’s expert forecast-
ers, whose estimates are based
on detailed data from past
events and behavioural trends.
By contrast, surges for the FA
Cup final at Wembley later in the
day look a bit tepid.
A much smaller pick-up of
200MW, equivalent to powering
67,000 kettles, is expected at full
time – due at 7pm.
Duncan Burt, of National
Grid, said: “The way we watch
TV has changed greatly in recent
years with more on-demand
viewing, which means we only
tend to see large pick-ups for
live events such as this.”
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Wedding guests arrive at Windsor
Castle’s Round Tower by coach.
Harry and best man the Duke of
Cambridge arrive at the chapel’s
west door, received by the Dean of
Windsor. They will arrive on foot,
walking past the thousands of
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Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland
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received by the Dean of Windsor.
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Meghan arrives at the Chapel’s West
Steps by car, from her overnight
accommodation at the Cliveden
House Hotel in Taplow, Berkshire.
Ms Markle will walk through the
Nave on her own followed by her
bridesmaids and pageboys
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The wedding service begins at St
George’s Chapel. The hour-long
service will be officiated by
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin
Welby, the Church of England’s most
senior cleric and the Rt Rev David
Conner, the Dean of Windsor.
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Prince Harry and Meghan will
process out of the church and
acknowledge the 200
representatives of Prince Harry’s
charities gathered in the Cloister.
They will then climb into their open
carriage for a two-mile procession
through Windsor. The pair will travel
down Castle Hill to the High Street,
along Kings Road before turning
back to the castle along Long Walk.
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The newlyweds’ carriage ride
concludes, then they will travel to St
George’s Hall in the castle for their
lunch reception hosted by the
Queen.
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bride and groom departing Windsor
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Some 200 guests will join the couple
for their private reception at
Frogmore House, in the castle
grounds, hosted by the Prince of
Wales.
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THE celebrations started
early yesterday as thousands
of visitors from around the
world flooded into Windsor
for the town’s biggest ever
party.
Streets around the castle
were turned into a sea of red,
white and blue.
And it was the Stars and
Stripes flying alongside the
Union flag which showed the
bride-to-be is set to add a
touch of Hollywood glamour
to the centuries-old traditions of the Royal Family.
Up to 150,000 well-wishers
are expected to line the
streets for the couple’s wedding ceremony in St George’s
Chapel followed by a carriage
procession.
Excited well-wishers have
been camping out for days
hoping to grab the best vantage points.
Police banned tents for
security reasons, forcing
royal fans to sleep on fold-up
camping chairs.
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Grandmother
Donna
Werner, 66, of New Fairfield,
Connecticut, took up position on Castle Hill on Tuesday evening.
She left her husband, three
children and five grandchildren at home and flew 3,000
miles to catch a glimpse of
the couple.
She said: “This is a real-life
fairy tale of an ordinary girl
who has met a prince who
has swept her off her feet and
now they are getting married
in a castle.
“It’s a dream come true –
and hopefully they will live
happily ever after.”
Mrs Werner, who has
braved chilly nights huddled
in a sleeping bag, added: “I
flew over from America specially for the wedding. I’m so
excited and I’m certain that
the wait will be worthwhile.
“This is such a big event
back home in the States.
Every time you turn on the
TV that’s all they’re talking
about. Every news headline
is about the royal wedding.
“We all love your Royal
Family back home and I’m
thrilled that an American is
about to be joining them.
Children from Upton House prep school in Windsor getting ready for the big day yesterday
Princess Grace of Monaco
was our first princess and
this feels just as special.
“I think Princess Meghan
will be a wonderful addition
to the Royal Family and a
great ambassador for both
our countries.”
Sitting alongside her was
former civil servant Bartly
Graham, 29, who arrived on
Wednesday morning from his
home in County Durham.
He said: “We are going to
be the first people to see
Prince Harry and Meghan in
their carriage when their
procession starts after the
wedding ceremony.
“We’ve been sitting here to
make sure we don’t lose our
place and taking it in turns
to go to the toilet and bring
back food and water.
“I’ve been planning this
trip for some time. I checked
the local hotels but they
were asking £1,000 for a room
for the night and now they
are all fully booked.
“It is all definitely going to
be worth the wait. This is a
once in a lifetime occasion
and I wouldn’t have missed
it for the world.
“The highlight so far was
at lunchtime on Thursday
when we watched as they
raised the Royal Standard to
indicate that the Queen had
arrived for the wedding. I
can’t wait for it to get
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started.” By lunchtime yesterday the carnival atmosphere was in full swing as
brass bands played I’m Getting Married In The Morning
and The Wedding March.
Parents and their children,
including young girls in princess dresses and tiaras,
soaked up the atmosphere in
the town which has been
decked out in thousands of
feet of bunting.
Shops reported a roaring
trade and the local branch of
M&S even renamed itself
Markle and Sparkle in honour of the event.
Cafe-goers were able to get
a flavour of Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, with one
bakery selling lemon and
elderflower cupcakes decorated with red, white and
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Royal fans dressed up in red, white and blue outfits outside Windsor Castle yesterday will join an expected 150,000 well wishers on the streets of the town today to watch the procession
blue sprinkles. There was
even a bride on hand. Carer
Karen Lewis, 49, was tying
the knot with her IT worker
fiance Reggie Palmer, 59, at
Windsor Guildhall, where
Prince
Charles
married
Camilla Parker Bowles in
April 2005.
Karen, of Windsor, said: “I
wasn’t expecting so many
photographers at my wedding but it’s added a touch of
magic to the occasion.
“We’ll be watching it on TV
tomorrow like the rest of the
country. I can’t wait.”
Windsor’s town crier Chris
Brown was on hand in full
ceremonial dress. He said:
“The atmosphere is electric.
“The mayor has asked me
to be here to welcome the
guests – 150,000 of them.”
Just yards from the castle,
business was booming at the
Prince Harry pub, formerly
the
Three
Tuns.
The
500-year-old inn unveiled its
new name earlier this week.
The Prince and his brideto-be were on hand to welcome revellers yesterday –
but only in the form of
life-size cardboard cutouts.
Customers were downing
pints of Windsor Knot pale
ale, brewed specially for the
occasion.
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ARMED officers are all
smiles with royal fans
enjoying the fun in Windsor
yesterday.
But police are banning the
tradition of throwing confetti
as the ring of steel goes up
around the town. They urge
wellwishers not to hurl any
items, such as flowers,
during the post-wedding
Meghan in Windsor yesterday... made entirely of balloons
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carriage ride. Yesterday a
spokesman said: “Please do
not throw confetti or any
other items at any time
during the day, particularly
during the procession.
“It poses a potential
security risk and it’s a bit of a
pain to clean up.”
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PRINCE Harry has invited an
orphan he befriended 14 years ago
from the African kingdom of
Lesotho to his wedding today.
Mutsu Potsane was four when
the then 19-year-old Harry struck
up an instant rapport with him
during a gap-year stay in the landlocked southern African country
in 2004.
He will be among a group of 10
representatives from Harry’s charity Sentebale.
Johnny Hornby, Sentebale’s
chairman, said Mutsu, now 18, will
be outside St George’s Chapel
where he will be among the first
group to greet the newlyweds.
“He’s a bit shy now, but he’s
doing really well. He’s just finishing school,” Mr Hornby said.
Mutsu, whose proper first name
is Relebohile, first met the Prince
at the Mants’ase Children’s Home
for orphans near Mohale’s Hoek,
outside Lesotho’s capital Maseru.
Harry went to the children’s
home to help youngsters stricken
by an HIV and Aids crisis. Like
many of the children Harry met,
Mutsu was vulnerable and in need
of some tender loving care.
The little boy stuck to Harry like
glue, attracted to the laughing
Englishman who entertained him
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WITH her mother Doria Ragland the only
family at the wedding, Meghan Markle’s
army of friends are more important than
ever on her big day.
While Kensington Palace is not
releasing an official full guest list, many
of her high-profile star pals will add
some showbiz glamour to the wedding
of the year.
Victoria and David Beckham are
tipped to attend – the couple went to
William and Kate’s wedding and Meghan
wears outfits designed by Victoria –
with rumours that former Spice Girls
Emma Bunton, Mel B and Geri Horner
Actor Patrick J. Adams
are also invited.
Former Made In Chelsea star Millie
Mackintosh – who went on a “hen
weekend” with Meghan – is deemed a
certainty while musicians Ed Sheeran
and Ellie Goulding, plus model Cara
Delevingne are also rumoured.
Suits star Patrick J. Adams, who
played Meghan’s love interest in the US
series and “married” her in their final
episode together, is also set to attend.
Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey
Specter, and his wife Jacinda Barrett,
who plays Zoe Lawford, are also on the
guest list, as are actors Sarah Rafferty,
Gina Torres and Rick Hoffman.
Gina, who plays lawyer Jessica
Pearson in the legal drama, said: “This
‘Hen’ pal Millie Mackintosh
is an incredible step
in her life, so to
bear witness to that
is extraordinary.”
Indian actress
and philanthropist
Priyanka Chopra, a
close friend of the
bride-to-be, is also
set to attend.
US tennis
champion Serena
Williams, a close
friend of Ms Markle,
is thought to be
another big name
on the guest list, as
are George Clooney
David and Victoria Beckham are friends of royals
and his wife Amal.
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and bought him a pair of blue
wellington boots that Mutsu wore
to bed for a long time. The pair
stayed in touch and have been
reunited over the years.
Mr Hornby, who will be inside
the chapel today, said many
people in Lesotho have cause to
thank Harry for the work he has
done in creating Sentebale – “Forget Me Not” in Sesotho – and will
be following news of the wedding.
“I was there 10 days ago and
there is a real sense of pride in the
association they have with Prince
Harry,” Mr Hornby said.
“I certainly know he will be in
Lesotho at least a couple of times
this year. I don’t know if Meghan
will go with him, but I’d be
surprised if he didn’t want to take
her there when the time is right.”
Today will be the bride’s first
chance to meet Sentebale workers based in London.
The charity was set up in 2006
by Harry and Lesotho’s Prince
Seeiso in memory of their respective mothers to work in the African
kingdom, which has the world’s
second-highest rate of HIV.
It is expanding its work in other
southern African countries.
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HO to believe? Before she fell on
her sword last month the then
home secretary Amber Rudd was
adamant that police cuts were not
to blame for soaring violent crime.
Yesterday the country’s top officer,
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Cressida Dick, said she was “sure” budget
cuts have had an impact on violence.
She was honest enough to admit that
there are other factors at play – including
the rise in drug gangs and social media
glamorising knife attacks.
But even the Government’s staunchest
supporters find it hard to explain
away the apparent cause and effect of
fewer police officers and more criminal
offences.
Since the Tories came to power in 2010,
the Met has had to cut its budget by
£600million and police numbers have
dropped nationally by 20,000, with
114 police stations closing.
Over the past year the capital’s murder
rate has soared by 44 per cent – with more
than 60 murders in 2018 alone – shootings
are up 23 per cent and knife crime by
21 per cent.
The budget has been boosted by
£110million this year and Ms Dick says the
first thing she’ll do is hire 500 more
coppers. Theresa May fully understands
the crisis because she was home secretary
while most of the cuts were forced
through.
Why on earth does she still insist on
Britain spending almost £14billion on
foreign aid – much of it unnecessary –
when at home our streets resemble the
Wild West?
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S USUAL Iain Duncan Smith has
his finger on the pulse. The Tory
backbencher is right to warn the EU
to “stop bullying” Britain to stay in
the customs union. We voted to leave the
EU lock, stock and barrel – not be half in
and half out.
Of course the Government needs a
fallback plan in case of hiccups but that
should not last more than a few months.
If it’s any longer, IDS warns there will be
a Tory backbench revolt – not to mention
a public uprising.
We will save £100million because we
don’t need to hold elections for MEPs for
the European Parliament next year.
Just imagine the Brexit dividend
when we can stop subsidising French
farmers, projects such as a Swedish
donkey blog and the Brussels wine
cellars!
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OW charming of Prince Charles to
step in and walk Meghan down the
aisle – well, halfway down to be
precise. The People’s Party can
now begin safe in the knowledge that all is
well in Windsor. The sun is going to shine
and it will be a memorable and happy day.
Justin Welby, the most senior figure
in the church
after the
Queen, will
officiate at
the ceremony
between
Harry and
Meghan. He
has previously
admitted he is
a big fan of
the grime star
Stormzy and
listens to
Blinded By
Your Grace to
calm his pre-wedding nerves.
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Meghan won’t need to worry
about any rowdy bridesmaids
upstaging her – they’re all under
the age of seven. While Prince
George is a page boy, Princess
Charlotte and Meghan’s friend
Jessica Mulroney’s children are
among the bridesmaids, as are
their individual godchildren. She
has decided against having a maid
of honour though.
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Pastry chef and owner of
London-based Violet Bakery, Claire
Ptak, is baking the lemon and
elderflower wedding cake adorned
with fresh flowers. It’s a break from
the traditional tiered iced fruit
cake served at William and Kate’s
wedding in 2011.
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Meghan’s wedding dress
designer will remain a mystery
until she walks down the aisle but
the bookies have cast Londonbased Ralph and Russo as the
favourite. British brands Burberry
and Stella McCartney are also in
the running.
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Sir Elton
John, left, is
reportedly
performing
later today,
although it is
unknown
whether he
will sing at
the ceremony
or reception.
He cancelled
two Las Vegas shows to attend. A
firm favourite with the Royal
Family, Sir Elton famously
performed Candle In The Wind at
Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
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Self-taught florist Philippa
Craddock has been chosen to dress
the chapel and evening reception.
The wedding theme is seasonal,
local and sustainable, mixing
branches of beech with white
garden roses. Meghan’s favourite
flowers – peonies – will no doubt
make an appearance.
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Instead of gifts, the pair have
requested that guests donate to
seven charities close to their
hearts. The organisations selected
are Chiva, Crisis, the Myna Mahila
Foundation, Scotty’s Little
Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers
Against Sewage and the Wilderness
Foundation UK.
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It is thought Meghan and Harry
will honeymoon in Namibia, at
Hoanib Valley Camp, where rooms
start at £460 per night. But they
won’t be leaving immediately after
the wedding – the pair will make
their first appearance as husband
and wife at Prince Charles’s 70th
birthday party, three days after the
ceremony.
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Invitations for the wedding of the
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year have caused quite a stir,
with 600 guests invited to the
ceremony and 200 guests to
the reception, leaving
hundreds of hopefuls
disappointed. The
gilded invites, printed
by Barnard &
Westwood in London,
mix the pair’s heritage
by using American ink
on English card and
feature the crest of
Prince Charles in
gold ink.
will borrow a royal tiara, although
the Queen’s Cartier Halo worn
by Kate, and Diana’s Spencer
tiara, have both been ruled
out by experts. She will
match the tiara with
some jewellery from her
late mother-in-law’s
collection.
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home, the two-up
two-down Nottingham
Cottage, is in the grounds
of Kensington Palace
which has been the official
royal residence since 1605.
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tradition of wearing
“something borrowed”, Meghan
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while the
world’s media
have arrived
in Windsor,
below
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Fans around the world can watch
the entire day on TV. The ceremony
at St George’s Chapel starts at
noon but coverage will run
throughout the day, showcasing
the build-up on the streets of
Windsor. Licensing hours have also
been relaxed, allowing the public
to raise a few extra glasses to the
happy couple.
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Meghan’s mother Doria
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HONOURS: Meghan the okapi with mum Oni; the engagement ring, below;
and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, bottom, who will perform for the couple
daughter down the aisle – that
job is reserved for Prince Charles.
But Ragland, a Los Angeles-based
yoga instructor and social worker,
will be in the car with Meghan on
the way to the church. She has
also met the Queen, Charles and
Camilla for tea in the run-up to
the big day.
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After a great
deal of
speculation
as to
whether
he would
attend his
daughter’s
wedding,
Kensington
Palace has
confirmed
that the
bride’s
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father, Thomas Markle Snr, is not
coming to the nuptials, instead
focusing on his health after
undergoing heart surgery.
photographs outside Windsor
Castle. Other family members are
also rumoured to be making TV
appearances.
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Meghan’s uninvited family
members, who have been
notoriously outspoken throughout
the whole
process, have
flown to the
UK for the
occasion. Her
estranged
half-brother,
Thomas
Markle Jr,
who wrote an
open letter
imploring
Harry to call
the wedding
off, has been
spotted
LETTER: Thomas Jr posing for
Earlier this month royal aides
revealed that Alexi Lubomirski had
been chosen to take the official
wedding photos. The British-born
fashion
photographer
also captured
the official
engagement
pictures.
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Harry’s
grandmother,
the Queen
is hosting
the gathering
for the
600-strong
congregation.
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Known for her iconic outfits paired
with matching hats, the
bookies predict she will be
wearing green or blue.
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If Meghan’s
engagement ring is
anything to go by, her
wedding ring will be
equally as lavish. Designed
by Prince Harry the
engagement ring features a
centrepiece diamond from
Botswana as well as two side
stones taken from a diamond
bracelet that belonged to his late
mother Diana. It is not yet known
whether Harry will choose to wear
a ring.
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A multi-million
pound security
operation is in
place to ensure
the royal
wedding runs
smoothly.
Crowds of up to
100,000 are
expected on the
streets of
Windsor and
police are on high
alert to stop
anything spoiling
the day.
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The couple will receive new
titles today. Chosen by the Queen
from vacant dukedoms, the titles
of the Duke and Duchess of
Sussex are most likely to be gifted
to Harry and Meghan. Other titles
up for grabs are Albany,
Connaught and Windsor.
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It was little surprise when
Harry selected brother William as
his best man – and his seven
ushers are all close friends, some
who remember him back from the
wild partying days in Las Vegas.
His half of the bridal party
includes best friend Tom
“Skippy” Inskip and
brothers Charlie and Tom
van Straubenzee.
Meghan will omit this part of the
vows but still promise to
“cherish and love” her
husband.
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Dating back to William
the Conqueror, the
couple will tie the knot in
St George’s Chapel in
Windsor Castle. Unlike
William and Kate they have
opted for a more “low key” affair
with the chapel’s capacity limited
to 800 guests compared to 2,000 at
Westminster Abbey.
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With several high-profile exes,
Harry has reportedly invited
some but chosen to snub
others. Former flame
Cressida Bonas will
be attending but
first love Chelsy
Davy has been left
off the guest list.
Meanwhile
Meghan’s
ex-husband
Trevor Engelson,
whom she split up
with in 2013, is not
invited.
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Cellist Sheku KannehMason, the BBC Young
Musician of 2016, will perform
alongside a gospel choir and Welsh
soprano. Kanneh-Mason, who
played for Harry at a fundraising
event, revealed that he got a phone
call from Meghan asking him to
play – how could he refuse?
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welcomed a newborn okapi, an
endangered member of the giraffe
family, in time for the wedding. To
celebrate they’ve named the
newborn in honour of Meghan.
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During the 45-minute
ceremony the pair will
exchange their vows but
it’s not currently known
whether Meghan will
choose to miss out the
word “obey”. Echoing
both her mother-in-law
and sister-in-law, Diana
and Kate, it is believed
EX LOVES: Cressida
Bonas will be attending
but Chelsy Davy, far
right, won’t be there
CHOICE: Lubomirski
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TWO moped thugs are facing life in
prison
after
being
convicted
yesterday of murdering a charity
worker during a violent robbery
spree.
Relatives of victim Abdul Samad
wept at the Old Bailey as Nathan
Gilmaney, 19, and Troy Thomas, 18,
were found guilty.
The teenagers stabbed Mr Samad,
28, despite him handing over his
wallet and iPhone.
Gilmaney
and
Thomas
then
continued cruising west London,
looking for further victims.
They were dubbed “21st-century
highwaymen” after carrying out nine
robberies in four hours on the night
they killed Mr Samad, stabbing other
victims during the robberies.
After the jury found them guilty
yesterday Detective Inspector Shaun
Fitzgerald, who led the inquiry, said:
“There couldn’t be a more apt description. The teenagers believed they had
the right to threaten and rob wherever they wanted, often stabbing
their victims for no reason at all but
to prove they could.
“Their behaviour is truly shocking.
They had just killed a man and could
hear his cries and the paramedics
battling to save his life with surgery
in the street did nothing to slow down
their spree.”
Oliver Glasgow QC, prosecuting,
told the trial they attacked their
victims in a “brazen and shocking
manner” for no reason other than
“simple aggression and bloodlust”.
Nathan Gilmaney, below left, and Troy Thomas were
caught on camera in a lift after removing their helmets,
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He added: “They hoped to steal
wallets and valuables from their
victims and, where possible, they
intended to take their victims’ mobile
phones.”
He added Mr Samad had devoted
his life “to helping the very sort of
young men who took his life”.
He was attacked near his home in
Paddington and after the stabbing,
staggered to his front door, where he
collapsed.
His father Fazal Miah and mother
Layla Begum heard his cries and
rushed outside.
By the end of their rampage last
October, the killers’ pockets were
stuffed with stolen valuables.
Gilmaney, the moped rider with his
partner riding pillion, carried out the
stabbings but the Crown’s case was
one of joint enterprise.
Thomas admitted robbery, but
denied any of the violence including
murder, while Gilmaney admitted
robbery and manslaughter.
The jury took 19 hours to reject
their denials and find them both
guilty of murder.
Judge Richard Marks QC remanded
the teenagers in custody to be sentenced on June 15.
Yesterday the grieving fiancee of
Mr Samad paid tribute to her “caring,
kind, loving” future husband.
In a victim impact statement read
to the court she said: “I felt like I died
with Abdul that day. He took a part of
me that will never come back.
“Abdul lived for his job of helping
children; he was the change we
needed to see in the world.”
Budget cuts fuel the violent crimewave
BRITAIN’S top police chief
yesterday acknowledged that
multi-million budget cuts have
boosted a rise in violent crime.
Metropolitan Police
Commissioner Cressida Dick
listed several factors to explain
the surge in offences.
She told LBC radio’s Nick
Ferrari, a Sunday Express
columnist: “There are a whole
load of things. Of course I would
be naive to say that the reduction
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in police finances over the past
few years, not just in London but
beyond, hasn’t had an impact. I’m
sure it has. It’s part of the issue.”
Ms Dick inherited a budget cut
of £1billion when she took over
the 30,000-strong force last year.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan
recently pledged to boost the
Met’s coffers by £110million.
The Commissioner said she
would use the money to recruit
about 500 extra officers.
She was speaking just hours
after a 24-year-old man was
stabbed to death in Barking, east
London.
Speaking on LBC about the
spike in violent crime, Ms Dick
said: “There are lots of reasons
for it. There’s a connection to the
drugs markets. Then there’s,
obviously, some changes in
people’s financial and economic
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circumstances that affect all kinds
of things which have a direct or
indirect effect on young people.
“We are seeing the
glamourisation of violence, we are
seeing social media being used to
taunt other gangs, to bring
violence about very quickly.”
Scotland Yard has launched
more than 60 murder inquiries so
far this year.
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A MINUTE’S silence will honour the
Manchester Arena bomb victims on
Tuesday at 2.30pm – one year on
from the atrocity.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22,
killed 22 people and injured 800 after
an Ariana Grande concert last year.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prime
Minister Theresa May will join
victims’ families at Manchester
Cathedral on Tuesday in a service to
be relayed to the city centre, York
Minster and Liverpool Metropolitan
and Glasgow cathedrals.
Later that evening, more than 3,000
singers from local choirs will perform
“Manchester Together – With One
Voice” led by St Catherine’s RC
Primary of Didsbury and including
the Manchester Survivors Choir.
The highlight will be a 30-minute
communal singalong to include
Ariana Grande’s One Last Time,
Elbow’s One Day Like This and
Oasis’s Don’t Look Back In Anger.
At 10.31pm, bells will ring out to
mark the moment of the attack.
Yesterday, survivor Freya Lewis, 15
– who lost her close friend Nell
Jones, 14, in the blast – told how she
is not only walking again but will be
competing in Sunday’s Greater
Manchester Run with her father Nick.
Freya, of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire,
suffered multiple fractures and was
put under an induced coma at Royal
Manchester Children’s Hospital.
She has already raised £40,000 for
the hospital and said: “I wasn’t even
sure I would walk again.”
Nell Jones’s brother Sam, 30, has
spoken of his family’s defiance as
the anniversary approaches.
The family, from Middlewich in
Cheshire, set up the Remembering
Victim Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from Barra
Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford
Nell Foundation to support children’s
charities in the North-west.
Other tributes have included a
bench outside South Shields Town
Hall, South Tyneside, to honour
Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam
Curry, 19, and a Twin Otter aircraft
called Spirit of Eilidh, to honour
Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from the island
of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.
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I FEAR Commissioner
Cressida Dick’s new funds will
be wasted. There is little
doubt that if a large sum is
removed from the budget of
any organisation – police or
otherwise – it will have some
impact on performance.
But in my experience as a
senior officer in the
Metropolitan Police, I saw a
lot of waste in the force.
Here are some examples.
Too many civilians were
recruited to tell police officers
“the bleedin’ obvious” – for
example, analysts pouring
over crime reports to find that
lots of robberies are
committed near tube
stations or that more
burglaries occur when
it gets dark early.
Vast sums were also
spent on IT projects
that had little or no
impact on policing.
Met police chief
Cressida Dick
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In 2015 the Met’s Department
of Information spent
£390million on IT, none of
which seems to make any
difference to frontline police.
There have also been
fortunes spent on “silver
bullets” to solve crime, the
latest one being automated
facial recognition.
Time and time again
it fails, but more
money is spent.
Perhaps most
critically, there is
always money to
spend on politically
correct schemes.
Even if the
police “cuts”
were reversed,
I doubt that any additional
money would be used to
combat violent robbery,
burglary, theft, car crime or
other mundane offences.
Today’s “right on” senior
officer sees such matters as
rather boring and unworthy of
police attention.
So there is always money to
spend on buying police horse
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sets of uniform) to an officer,
who cannot decide if they are
a man or a woman.
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average person is losing faith
in the police.
Cressida Dick is promising
to recruit new officers – but
who will they be?
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common sense, or more
university types committed to
the new religion of “equality
and diversity” who are not
interested in robbery or
burglary?
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BRITAIN is poised to increase its
military presence in Afghanistan to
counter a resurgence by the
Taliban.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is understood to have written to
the Prime Minister recommending
the extra manpower, although a
decision is yet to be made.
The Ministry of Defence said the
UK’s contribution to the mission
was kept “under constant review”.
But, according to reports, another
400 to 450 soldiers could be sent to
the country to join the 600 already
deployed in non-combat roles.
However, military experts warned
that Britain may need to be
prepared to send a much more
significant force to the war-torn
country just a few years after ending
military operations there.
Former general Sir Richard
Barrons said even more troops could
be required. The retired senior
officer said the decision to end combat operations in Afghanistan at the
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end of 2014 “hasn’t worked”. He said
that 400 extra troops would “send
an important message to our allies”
that they should do more and would
also signal to the Taliban “they will
never bring this fight in Afghanistan
to an end by fighting, they have to
resort to dialogue”.
But he suggested a greater military presence and an enhanced,
more dangerous role should be
considered, with troops leaving the
safety of their bases to accompany
Afghan forces on operations.
“I absolutely think, if we are going
to make a meaningful contribution,
we will have to find the courage to
train, advise, assist and accompany
them into action,” General Barrons
said. “With that comes some risks
and consequences but that’s how
you make a difference.”
The US has increased its presence
in Afghanistan since Mr Trump
British troops in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Now up to 450 more soldiers could go there to counter the Taliban
unveiled his South Asia strategy in
August last year.
About 4,000 troops are thought to
have been added to the 8,400-strong
US deployment in the country, to
bolster the Kabul government and
train Afghan forces and fight the
Taliban and other militant groups.
General Barrons suggested the
UK should deploy around 10 per
cent of the troops sent by the US,
which would lift the British contribution to more than 1,200.
A MoD spokesman said: “The
support the UK provides Afghanistan on security, development and
governance is crucial to building a
stable state and reducing the terrorist threat to the UK. ”
A US government spokesman said
secretary of state Mike Pompeo had
“reinforced our enduring investment
in Afghanistan” in a conversation
with the country’s president, Ashraf
Ghani on Thursday.
The reported change in approach
is said to come amid concerns over
how Mr Trump will approach a
coming meeting of Nato leaders.
Theresa May is expected to join
the President at the summit in Brussels in July, with Mr Trump then set
to make a visit to the UK. Mr Trump
has repeatedly called for Nato
members to meet their defence
spending commitment of per cent
of gross two domestic product and
has threatened to quit Nato if his
demands are not met.
During a meeting with Mr Trump
in Washington on Thursday, Nato
general secretary Jens Stoltenberg
said all members have increased
their spending.
Following the talks Mr Stoltenberg said it is “very important
that we all contribute more to our
shared security”.
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Speaker faces new row over claim he called minister ‘useless’
Under fire...John Bercow
SPEAKER John Bercow faces
an uncertain future after the
Prime Minister yesterday
branded his alleged comments
about a senior minister
“unacceptable”.
Theresa May refused to give
the under-fire politician her
backing after he faced
accusations over comments he
made about the Leader of the
House Andrea Leadsom.
In a rant in Parliament Mr
Bercow is said to have called
Ms Leadsom “f****** useless”
By David Maddox
Political Correspondent
THERESA May was told yesterday that she needs to abandon
Brexit talks and walk away without a deal.
Tory MPs have warned the
Prime Minister that patience is
running out over the protracted
negotiations with Brussels.
After a series of meetings with
MPs this week ahead of a summit
in the Balkans, Mrs May has been
warned that she needs to follow
her own view that “no deal is
­better than a bad deal”.
Walking out of talks and following World Trade Organisation
rules would save Britain nearly
£40billion in “divorce” fees.
The final straw for many Brexiteers came after Irish Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar made a bid to force
Britain to stay in the single
market at the summit in Macedonia where he met Mrs May.
Mr Varadkar claimed there
would be no deal if his demands
were not met. However, it backfired with pro-Brexit MPs saying
no deal is the best way forward.
Former Brexit minister David
Jones said: “I think the increasing view is that no deal is the best
option. The EU is unlikely to
agree to any of our proposals.
They want us to remain in both
the customs union and the single
By David Maddox
in an aside in the Commons
chamber on Wednesday.
The row comes at a difficult
time for the Speaker who faces
serious accusations over
bullying staff, which he denies.
A No 10 spokeswoman said:
“We have seen the alleged
remarks. Clearly the Prime
Minister thinks they are
unacceptable. If an official
complaint is made it should be
properly investigated.” A
Westminster source said there
were no plans for Mrs Leadsom
to complain at the moment.
Mrs Leadsom said: “I am
focused on ensuring that
anyone who is bullied or
treated unfairly in Parliament is
able to come forward and have
their concerns dealt with in a
rigorous and fair manner.”
Mr Bercow is said to have
made the comments in a
muttered aside after berating
Mrs Leadsom for the way
ministers were conducting
Government business. Mrs
Leadsom was reported not to
have heard the comment
In a statement, the Speaker’s
Office said: “Wednesday was an
unusual and controversial day
in how business was handled in
the House by the Government
and some strong and differing
views were expressed.
“The Speaker treats his
colleagues with respect and
strives at every turn to
facilitate the House of
Commons.”
No Brexit deal is
the best deal, MPs
tell Theresa May
market. That would be servitude
and would be even worse than
remaining in the EU.
“If we walk away we can save
ourselves £40billion and start
trading globally.
“Tariffs under WTO rules are
relatively low and we will save
money for our people by buying
food and clothes on the world
market. The EU have pushed
their luck too far and it’s coming
back to bite them.”
Senior Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman also tweeted
yesterday that no deal is the
best option. He highlighted
the 15 wrecking amendments by
Remainers in the Lords. There
are concerns that Labour, the
Lib Dems and SNP will team up
with Tory Remainers such as
Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke to
force the Government to accept
the changes in the Commons.
He said: “I think the chances of
going to a quick ‘no deal’ WTO
rules arrangement have become
far more likely with the ‘fun and
games’ of the Lords amendments
and nonsense over the Irish
border.”
There is also pressure from
the Government’s Democratic
Unionist Party allies from Northern Ireland to walk away.
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Boris jets to South America in trade mission
Links... Boris Johnson
BORIS Johnson flew to South
America last night on a five-day
mission to help build new global
trade links ahead of Brexit.
He will be the first Foreign
Secretary to visit Peru in around
50 years and is also due to go to
Argentina and Chile.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr
Johnson said: “Latin America is a
vibrant and dynamic part of the
world that works closely with the
UK on a number of issues
including trade, security, science,
infrastructure and education,
among others.”
Starting in Peru’s capital Lima,
Mr Johnson will join president
Martin Vizcarra on a trip to the
Amazon.
After visiting Peru, the Foreign
Secretary will travel to Argentina
for talks with president Mauricio
Macri and foreign minister Jorge
Faurie. In Buenos Aires Mr
Johnson will lay a wreath at the
city’s memorial to the Argentine
dead in the Falklands War. Mr
Johnson will also represent the
UK at the G20 Foreign Ministers’
meeting to discuss a range of
global issues.
The tour will finish in Chile,
where Mr Johnson will meet
president Sebastian Pinera,
foreign minister Roberto
Ampuero and visit a British
Council-funded literacy project
aimed at female students.
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Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
Student held after 10 shot
dead in school massacre
Pictures: CNBC, REUTERS
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A SHOTGUN attacker killed
up to 10 victims yesterday after
storming a school classroom
and yelling “Surprise!”
The dead were mostly pupils,
police in Texas said. Ten people
are understood to have been
wounded
Police arrested 17-year-old
pupil Dimitrios Pagourtzis and
charged him with murder.
He allegedly used a shotgun
and a revolver taken from his
father who legally owned them.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
said “various kinds of explosive
devices” had been found at the
school, including “a Molotov
cocktail”.
Mr Abbott said police found
information on the suspect’s
diary, computer and mobile
phone suggesting he planned
the attack and intended to kill
himself afterwards.
But he gave himself up
because he didn’t have the
courage to commit suicide.
On April 30 Pagourtzis shared
photos of a T-shirt bearing the
words “Born to Kill” and a
black trench coat, which he is
believed to have worn yesterday, on his now-deleted Facebook page.
Officers said another “person
of interest” was also detained.
Poison attack
ex-spy Skripal
out of hospital
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Armed police outside the Texas school after the mass shooting
Arrested: Dimitrios Pagourtzis
Witnesses described hearing a
fire alarm go off at about 8am.
One said the shooting happened in an art class.
The student said: “Someone
walked in with a shotgun and
started shooting.”
Another student at the 1,400pupil Santa Fe High School
said: “We thought it was a fire
drill at first but our teacher
said, ‘Start running’.”
Student Dakota Shrader
added: “Everybody just started
running outside and next thing
you know you hear boom,
going surgery. The incident,
about 40 miles south of Houston, is the third school shooting in the past seven days, and
the 22nd since the beginning of
the year in America.
Speaking at the White House,
President Donald Trump said:
“This has been going on too
long in our country – too many
years, too many decades now.
“We grieve for the terrible
loss of life and send our support
and love to everyone affected
by this absolutely horrific
attack.”
boom, boom, and I just ran as
fast as I could…so I could hide,
and I called my mom.”
Law enforcement officials
swept the campus for explosives after students reported
seeing the gunman toss something into a classroom. News
helicopters filmed students
emptying their backpacks in
front of armed officers in a field
outside the school.
Santa Fe school police officer
John Barnes has been named
among the injured. He was in a
critical condition and under-
SERGEI SKRIPAL has been discharged from hospital after surviving an attempt on his life with a deadly
nerve agent on March 4, it was revealed yesterday.
The ex-Russian spy, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33,
were admitted to Salisbury district hospital after
coming into contact with military-grade Novichok.
Scotland Yard said yesterday it would not discuss
security for Mr Skripal and his daughter who was
discharged last month.
It is not known whether
her father has been taken to
the same secure location.
It is believed both have a
24-hour armed guard.
Detective Sergeant Nick
Bailey, who was also exposed,
went home on March 22.
Nursing
chief
Lorna
Wilkinson said treatment
had been “a huge and
unprecedented challenge”.
A spokesman said it had
required “keeping them alive
until their bodies could pro- Sergei Skripal – refuge
duce more enzymes to
replace those poisoned”. The Skripals will be offered
protection for life and get a new identity.
They may be given settled status abroad – though
the Russian embassy claims this would amount to
an abduction.
Last night, ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko repeated demands for access and said: “This is
our interpretation. You can call it detained, you can
call it isolated, you can call it kidnap.” Decontamination in Salisbury and the investigation continue.
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Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
Love dilemma for
mother Keeley as
Durrells returns
ITV has recommissioned drama series
The Durrells for a fourth series, it has
been announced.
Actress Keeley Hawes will reprise
her role as matriarch Louisa Durrell
for six new episodes with Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye again
assuming writing responsibilities.
The programme is based on conservationist and author Gerald Durrell’s
trilogy of books about his family’s
time on Corfu during the 1930s.
The series will again be filmed on
the Greek island.
Once again playing Ms Hawes’
on-screen children are: Josh O’Connor
(Larry), Callum Woodhouse (Leslie),
Daisy Waterstone (Margo) and
Milo Parker (Gerry).
Alexis Georgoulis will also
feature again as chauffeur and
love interest Spiros.
ITV’s senior drama
commissioner Victoria Fea
said: “The Durrells has proven
immensely popular with view-
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are back together; Margo and Gerry, above
9p;XeKfne\e[
ers and critics alike, so we’re thrilled
to have commissioned another series.
“Simon Nye’s writing is witty, bighearted and hugely engaging, so we’re
looking forward to seeing what the
fourth series has in store.”
Ms Hawes, who also starred in
police drama Line Of Duty, greeted
the announcement by posting on
Twitter: “Delighted to confirm #The
Durrells will be returning to ITV for
series 4!!!”
Her post featured alongside a still of
her and Georgoulis filming a seaside
scene on Corfu.
The finale of the last series, which
aired at the start of May, saw
Louisa and Spiros declare their
feelings for one another, only for
Spiros’ wife to return after
she had left him.
The Durrells first aired on
ITV in 2016. The first episode of
the
third
series
attracted
6.7 million viewers which earned it
a 26 per cent share for its
Sunday night 8pm slot.
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Liz: My son, 16, loves
to snap me in a bikini
GLAMOROUS Liz Hurley has
laughed off suggestions that her
teenage son is embarrassed by her
skimpy outfits.
The Austin Powers actress and
model, who turns 53 next month,
claims 16-year-old Damian often
chooses them for her himself.
He is said to have been teased by
other boys at school after his
mother published a string of sexy
photos in a barely-there bikini.
A source close to her said he was
at the age where “everything his
mum does is embarrassing” and he
“can’t understand why she can’t
cover up a bit more”.
But
Liz
replied:
“Absolute
rubbish! He chooses clothes for me.
He’s my stylist.”
She added that her son is keen to
get behind the lens and shoots the
photographs.
Liz said: “My son happens to be a
very good photographer.”
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Telling Stella magazine that he
was set on following her into show
business, she said: “He has made
his own movies from the age of
about nine.”
Liz also revealed how she met
Meghan Markle two years ago and
described her as “very charming”
and “beautiful”.
“I’m sure she will be a wonderful
thing for the monarchy,” she said.
“They are, sort of, like another
showbiz family for us and that’s
fabulous. I love showbiz.”
Earlier this year Liz flew in from
New York to be with her 21-year-old
nephew Miles Hurley, who was
stabbed in the back after a car crash
in south London.
The son of her 54-year-old sister
Kate Curran lost six pints of blood
and a 21-year-old friend was also
knifed when four men got out of a
car and attacked them.
Saying she hoped they would be
caught before they hurt or killed
someone else, Liz added: “Luckily
Miles is very young and very fit but
there is mental trauma that he will
need to recover from too.”
Proud Liz gives Damian a kiss and cuddle in this Instagram picture
Liz is still shipshape at nearly 53
Damian chooses her bikinis
BUT HOW’S LIFE FOR HER EX HUGH?
Er... not so tickety-boo, actually
By Hanna Geissler
ACTOR Hugh Grant’s day just went
from bad to worse yesterday.
His scooter was slapped with a
parking ticket minutes after he was
forced to apologise for swearing
twice on breakfast-time radio.
The 57-year-old actor used the
word b******* in an interview with
Chris Evans on his Radio 2 show
shortly after 8.30am.
And when Evans, 53, pointed out
the indiscretion, the Love Actually
star replied “Oh s***”, when he
realised what he had said.
Liz Hurley’s ex was forced to
apologise to “mums on the
school run”.
Grant then emerged from the
interview at Wogan House,
central London, to discover the
parking ticket left on his black
Vespa scooter.
He had been discussing
his role as disgraced MP
Jeremy Thorpe in the
drama A Very English
Scandal, to be shown
tomorrow on BBC1.
Hugh
Grant
by scooter
where he
found
ticket,
above,
yesterday
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Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
By Chris Riches
CALLOUS thieves have stolen gifts
left at the memorial tree for tragic
toddler Alfie Evans.
Alfie lost his courageous fight aged
23 months on April 28 at Liverpool’s
Alder Hey Hospital after battling an
undiagnosed brain condition.
After he died devastated supporters turned a nearby tree into a
poignant memorial.
Now the grieving family’s “Alfie’s
Army” supporters have revealed on
Facebook that presents put by the
tree have been stolen.
Posting images of the shrine by
Alder Hey, the Alfie’s Army Facebook
page said: “We are sorry to say people
(have been) stealing gifts left for Alfie
at his memorial tree.
“Army members left various gifts for
our beautiful fighter.
“This breaks not only our hearts
but Alfie’s family’s hearts that some
people have done this extremely
­disrespectful act.
“It would be lovely if army members
could still please take their gifts to
Alfie’s tree and make sure our beautiful Alfie’s tree remains the lovely
memorial it originally was.”
The post has so far prompted
hundreds of angry comments from
supporters all over the world.
Merseyside Police are investigating
the thefts and Alfie’s Army supporters are returning new gifts to the tree
to replace the stolen ones.
In the hours after his death,
members of Alfie’s Army began
leaving teddy bears, balloons, flowers,
cards and candles at the tree in
Springfield Park.
The tree’s lower trunk was eventually surrounded by tributes, with
Alfie theft heartbreak
Tributes to tragic toddler are stolen
‘Hero’ Alfie and the shrine raided by crooks
many the colour blue of Everton FC.
On Monday, 500 supporters lined the
streets around the club’s Goodison
Park stadium to say a final goodbye to
the youngster after his funeral.
Parents Tom Evans, 21, and Kate
James, 20, laid their boy to rest in a
white coffin.
It was decorated with an Everton
badge and painted with pictures of
little toy soldiers.
Tom sat in front of his son’s coffin in
a hearse covered with flower tributes
spelling the words “Warrior”, “Son”
and “Our Hero”.
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Would that
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Maggie now
J
My God, but can you
imagine what the state of
chief EU Brexit negotiator
Michel Barnier might be
if Margaret Thatcher were prime
minister? He’d be a smoking,
radioactive column of ash.
A husk. A ruin. Handbagged
to destruction.
Theresa May is doing her best
but as the countdown to Britain
leaving the EU ticks remorselessly
to zero, how I long for the force of
nature that was Mrs Thatcher to
sally forth into combat with the
Brussels apparatchiks. She’d have
been magnificent, wouldn’t she?
As for Jeremy Corbyn, he wouldn’t
have lasted five seconds against
Maggie. I can almost hear her, see
her, fixing Jezza with her deadly
gamma-ray glare at PMQs.
“The gentleman opposite may
have no confidence in his country,
or its democracy, or the people’s
decision to leave Europe, but I do.
As I told Monsieur Barnier, the
plain fact is that Europe needs
Britain far more than Britain
needs Europe. The days of being
bossed by Brussels are over. If
they are foolish enough to believe
otherwise we will do very well on
our own and they will be the
worse off. No deal is better than a
bad one. They know I mean that,
so rest assured – I will secure us
an extremely good one.”
And so on.
I was reflecting on Mrs
Thatcher this week because I’ve
been reading an outstanding new
biography of her, People Like Us:
Margaret Thatcher And Me,
the memoir of Caroline Slocock.
As a young civil servant Slocock
became the first ever female
private secretary to a British
prime minister. She was
Thatcher’s confidante and
support in the turbulent last
18 months of her premiership and
was present when her weeping
boss read out her resignation
speech in Cabinet – the only other
woman in the room.
Slocock writes that she was
personally traumatised by the
episode, which she describes in
haunting detail.
“Within a few words she started
sobbing and couldn’t go on… it
was absolute torture to hear and
very profoundly shocking. I found
it horrible to see her thus.”
She says that when Thatcher
finally stumbled to her
statement’s conclusion she turned
her tear-stained face towards the
men who had betrayed her and
actually said: “I doubt you all
heard that, so I’ll read it again.”
And so she did, still racked with
FIRM: She’d have handbagged them
sobs. But the real message of this
remarkable, beautifully-written
account of the decline and fall of
Britain’s first woman prime
minister is how she juggled her
natural femininity with an
aggressive drive and her tendency
to bully ministers.
Thatcher was a walking, talking
conundrum and Slocock was by
no means what her boss called
“one of us”. She was a Left-leaning
feminist working for a hard-Right
anti-feminist (Thatcher believed
it was up to women as individuals
whether or not they succeeded,
they should need no help). But
she came to admire and respect
her profoundly.
Slocock tells a charming story
about the day she was interviewed
by Thatcher for the job of private
secretary. She says she was
terrified and quite certain
she wouldn’t get the post,
simply because she was a woman
and she’d heard the prime
minister would never accept a
female private secretary.
In fact Mrs Thatcher came
down the stairs of No 10 smiling
and carrying a bowl of flowers.
“Caroline, I brought these
hyacinths for you, I thought you’d
like them.”
She got the job and writes
fascinatingly about the contrast
between her new boss’s kindness
and thoughtfulness with her staff
and her frustration and hostility
towards the men who surrounded
her in Cabinet.
This is a book about the deeply
complex relationship between
femininity and real, hard
power: the clash between
testosterone-driven male egos
and a woman who had to manage
them and simultaneously
protect herself from them.
It’s a great read and I could not
recommend it more highly.
Richard&Judy
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J
Lily James looks terrific
in her new film The
Guernsey Literary And
Potato Peel Pie Society.
She acts her socks off too
in what must be the first
open-eyed, searingly honest
account of the traumatic five
years during the Nazi
occupation of the Channel
Islands. Yes, we surrendered
and yes, we collaborated.
Frankly the islanders didn’t
have a choice. There was some
resistance, just as in France,
but by and large people kept
their heads down and quietly
prayed for deliverance. I’m
sure it would have been the
same if the mainland had been
occupied. So there should be
no blame and no shame. There
but for the grace of God.
TERRIFIC:
Lily excels
in her new
film
Dying young preserves you in time
but most of us prefer the alternative
R
I realised with a slight
shock that, had my father
not died of a sudden
coronary at the age of 49, he
would have been 90 this month.
It’s dislocating when you lose a
parent at a young age, particularly
when their death is completely
unexpected. I was 21 and on
honeymoon in the West Country
with my first wife. I’d last seen my
father just a couple of days earlier,
at my wedding in the Lake
District. I remember him poring
over a map to help me plan my
route down to Somerset and
slipping me a fiver for petrol (you
could practically fill your tank with
a fiver’s-worth back in 1977).
I would have been eating an
ice-cream on the beach at around
the time dad died. It’s funny: you
think you’d get some visceral,
subconscious message out of the
ether when something as
momentous as losing a parent is
taking place. But zilch. De nada.
Nothing. I was oblivious: merely
concerned that my Flake was
melting on to my T-shirt.
Meanwhile dad was driving
home from his office after telling
colleagues he felt “a bit off-colour”.
He also complained of chest pains,
ascribing them to “a pulled
muscle” from humping heavy video
equipment around the previous
day at a business presentation.
By the time he got home he was
short of breath and dizzy. He
couldn’t get his key in the front
door and my mother, hearing
scratching and clicking sounds,
ran to open it. “I think I’m having
a heart attack,” he gasped,
collapsing into her arms. One
minute later he was dead.
This was long before mobile
phones or the internet and it was
hours before a garbled message
J
GRIPPED: Americans love the TV series The Crown
telling me to call home reached me
at our holiday cottage. I trudged
into the village and found a phone
box. The subsequent conversation
with my mother is one I shall never
forget. Her calmness, her bravery…
she was outstanding.
I am now 12 years older than my
father was when he died. I often
wonder how different my life might
have been if he hadn’t been taken
so young and what sort of a person
he would have become, because
we all change and evolve.
But it is strangely hard to
visualise him at 90. My brain just
won’t form the image. Dad, for me,
is forever stuck in his late 40s, a bit
like President Kennedy. Can you
imagine JFK as an elderly man?
No, me neither. Those who die
young stay for ever young:
I suppose early death confers a
sort of immortality. Even so, I’d
prefer the alternative.
We’ve been in the US during the run-up to
today’s royal wedding and it’s fascinating to
see what ordinary Americans make of one of
their own marrying into our Royal Family.
I’d say that by and large they’re thrilled. Deeply
proud that as of today they have a tangible stake in
the House of Windsor. Netflix series The Crown is a
huge hit in the States and has inspired something
close to an obsession with the royals. America’s own
“royal family” – west-coast TV and movie celebrities
– is now merging with our own and folks here
couldn’t be happier about it. As one talk-show host
said: “This is what I call a special relationship!”
A life without
risk is no life
R
One of my favourite Private
Eye cartoons depicted a man
looking crossly over the top of
his newspaper at his wife and
asking her: “Why is it that
everything I enjoy doing causes
tumours in white mice?”
That was a good 30 years ago and
nothing’s changed, except health
scares have if anything become more
confusing and contradictory. Red
wine gives you cancer. Red wine
protects you from cancer. An aspirin
a day adds years to your life
expectancy. An aspirin a day takes
years off your life expectancy.
Now that old scare story – that
mobile phones cause brain cancer –
has re-surfaced: rates of a malignant
type of tumour have doubled since
mobile phones became
commonplace. But the study,
published in this month’s Journal Of
Public Health And Environment,
has provoked other experts to say
that the cancer could be caused by
totally different factors, including
X-rays, CT scans and fallout from
nuclear weapons testing. So who do
we believe?
And if mobiles do increase the
risk of brain cancer would you stop
using yours?
No, me neither. Any more than I’ll
stop driving because I might die
in a crash. We have to live with risk.
Just like those white mice.
well meant but misguided
MESS: George Michael would not have wanted this outside his house
R
I drove past George
Michael’s house the other
day. You can’t miss the
place. A huge, makeshift
shrine sprawls across the little
park opposite. To be honest it
looks horrible. I know his fans’
intentions are honourable and
driven by sincere grief at his
passing but the combined effect
of dead and dying floral
bouquets, cards, posters, candlelamps and all the other
paraphernalia of mourning-bymemento is tawdry, tacky and
tasteless. I believe that George
– who was a good friend of ours
– would have hated it. Indeed his
family have politely asked people
to stop leaving tributes there.
Campaigners also want a
J
life-sized statue of the singer
outside the property but again
the family have quietly declined,
saying George would have found
the gesture “embarrassing”.
I believe they’re right. George
was a deeply private man who
took no pleasure in his
enormous celebrity. He knew he
owed his success to what he
always described as “my gift” –
that God-given voice of his. He
disliked his appearance and
worried constantly about his
weight. So I agree with his
sisters Yioda and Melanie’s
polite appeal for the shrinelaying to stop. They’ve also
promised to refurbish the park.
Honestly, folks – it’s what
George would have wanted.
Imagine my astonishment as we holiday in California to discover
that – shock horror – I’ve “quit TV for good”. Folks, I quit TV years
ago, thinking I’d had a great time and career but enough was
enough. I wanted my life to myself again. Apparently my daughter
Chloe mentioned this on Loose Women and for some weird reason it got
treated like breaking news. Dear Reader, that bird flew a long time ago
and I remain happy as a lark off the box.
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Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
By Chris Riches
A COSMETIC surgeon has been
suspended by the General Medical Council for bugging 200
patients’ consultations during a
bitter feud with a work rival.
Dr Natalie Blakely, 44, who
called herself “The Skin Queen”,
hired private detectives to
secretly
record
her
clinic
colleague and his patients after
they fell out over money.
The GMC in Manchester heard
the bugging took place at her
Light Touch clinic at Weybridge,
in Surrey.
But neither her colleague
Dr Peter Forrester, 65, nor his
patients were aware they were
being covertly recorded, the GMC
was told.
When exposed she claimed that
she was helping a GMC and Care
Quality Commission investigation – but no such probe existed.
Now Dr Blakely, once voted by
Tatler magazine the Best Doctor
for Botox and Fillers, has been
found guilty of misconduct. She
Ban on ‘Botox queen’
who bugged surgeon
rival’s consultations
was suspended from practising
medicine for six months for
breaching patient confidentiality
and “dishonest and misleading”
conduct.
It emerged Dr Blakely and
Dr Forrester were involved in a
business dispute over alleged
undercharging for clinic services.
Giving evidence one woman,
known as Patient A, said: “I have
never met Dr Blakely and didn’t
know I was being was recorded.
“It was unpleasant to not know
who could have heard. I feel
very uncomfortable about the
whole thing.”
The anti-ageing clinic founded
by Blakely and her sister Katie in
2009 specialises in non-invasive
procedures.
Gavin McBride, a lawyer for the
Pictures: peter forrester / cavendish
GMC, said: “Between October
2015 and March 2016 an investigation was carried out into
Dr Blakely’s conduct.
“Transcripts were obtained of
covert recordings of consultations between (Dr Forrester) and
clients of the clinic. Around 200
patients over that period were in
these recordings – made without
their knowledge or consent.”
Finding her guilty of misconduct, tribunal chairman
David
Robinson
said:
“Patients must be able to
trust that their right to confidentiality is paramount.
“Dr Blakely knowingly
used untrue statements to
defend her actions in making the covert recordings.
“Using such untrue information would be considered
dishonest
by
ordinary,
decent people.”
Dr Natalie Blakely has been banned after bugging Dr Peter Forrester, left
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Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
Thug who battered Joan, 80
for her rings gets 11 years
Pictures: BPM MEDIA
By Paul Jeeves
A CALLOUS thief has been jailed for
11 years after punching an 80-year-old
woman in the face and threatening to
cut off her hands to get her gold rings.
Joan Ufton suffered horrific injuries
which left her with bleeding on the
brain at the hands of balaclava-wearing raider Thomas Kennedy, 47.
The crook was described as “a filthy
scumbag” by Mrs Ufton’s daughter
when he was sentenced this week.
Derby Crown Court heard he first
tried to get into the elderly victim’s
flat by using her video intercom entry
system and claiming to be a police
officer checking on her welfare.
When she became suspicious and
refused to let the thug in, he smashed
the glass in her front door.
Once inside her home in Derby he
demanded she hand over her purse,
punching her in the face.
He then told her: “Get those rings
off now else I’ll cut your hands off.”
Kennedy left with cash and her five
gold rings, leaving his victim with serious facial injuries.
Disgusting
But the serial crook was caught soon
afterwards by police as his frail victim
recovered in hospital. He pleaded
guilty to a series of offences.
Kennedy’s 11-year jail term was
welcomed by Mrs Ufton’s daughter
Sharon Sloman.
She said: “What he did was sick. It’s
the absolute lowest of the low.
“He is a filthy scumbag. It was a
disgusting thing to do. It has changed
my mother’s life for ever. Her facial
injuries have gone but she is still very
scared. She’s nervous and only just
started to go out again properly.
“I’m pleased he will be away for a
long time so no other family have to go
through what we have been through.”
The Daily Express has launched a
Respect for the Elderly crusade, which
campaigns for tougher legislation to
protect vulnerable elderly people.
Other crooks have received lighter
sentences than Kennedy and there is
currently no extra punishment available to judges who want to take into
account a victim’s age.
Recalling the attack on January 2,
Mrs Ufton said: “I went to my intercom
system where I can see who is buzzing
and I noticed this person had covered
his face. I was very suspicious because
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Warning
over faulty
diabetes
test strips
By Jennifer Cockerell
DIABETES patients are
being warned over faulty
glucose test strips that
are vital to help them
manage their blood
sugar levels.
The Medicines and
Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency said
it is estimated more
than 260,000 Accu-Chek
Aviva and Accu-Chek
Performa packs are
affected.
The strips absorb a
drop of blood and are
used by diabetics for
blood glucose testing.
The aim of diabetes
treatment is to keep
blood sugar levels as
normal as possible.
Dan Howarth, of
Diabetes UK, said
inaccurate readings
could mean patients
over or under-dose with
insulin, which can cause
problems with
hyperglycemia (high
blood sugar) and
hypoglycemia.
Worried
Terrible
bruising on
the face of
break-in
victim Joan
Ufton, 80,
and above,
her attacker
Thomas
Kennedy,
who beat
her in raid
I wondered who would be calling for
me at this time of night. He said he
was the police and said my family had
asked him to come and visit to see if I
was OK. I told him I was fine and
ignored it.
“I sat down and carried on knitting
again but then he called again and
again. Then all of a sudden I heard a
massive smash.
“He burst into my home and had his
face covered, all I could see was his
eyes. He said ‘give me your money now,
give it me’.
“I told him I didn’t have any but he
noticed I had five gold rings on. He
said ‘get those rings off now else I’ll cut
your hands off’. I was terrified. He then
struck my face very hard and it
knocked me right back and I went
flying. Suddenly I had a really bad nose
bleed, there was blood everywhere.
“He dragged me off the sofa I was
sitting on and pushed me towards the
kitchen and then dragged me into my
bedroom, all the time asking for
money.”
Mrs Ufton said he shouted, screamed
and swore at her with more threats.
Eventually he found £230 of her
pension money and took it along with
cigarettes and even pennies she had
been collecting.
She added: “I’ve lived here for 18
CRUSADE
years and I do not deserve this to
happen. I feel scared by the whole
situation.
“I don’t know who is hanging around
my house. I have been struggling to
see properly since.
“It’s been a nightmare. I was taken
to hospital and they said I had a minor
bleed on the brain, a fractured nose
and really bad bruising.”
Investigating
officer
Detective
Constable Stephanie Ross said: “This
was a particularly vicious crime on a
defenceless lady.
“I am delighted with this result
and I hope his imprisonment will
protect other vulnerable people.”
CRUSADE
MHRA said the
products affected are
Accu-Chek Aviva in
packs of 50 strips.
These include lot
numbers: 497392, 497391,
496915, 496809, 496802
and 496807, and packs of
10 strips with lot
numbers 497344 and
497392.
Accu-Chek Performa
in packs of 10 strips with
lot numbers 476597 and
476646 are also affected.
Anyone with these
strips is advised to seek
alternative testing
methods and return
affected lots to their
pharmacy or shop.
John Wilkinson,
MHRA director of
medical devices, said: “It
is important people
check their test strips.
“If you’re worried
about your readings, we
recommend speaking to
your GP or a pharmacist
as soon as possible.”
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Mo Salah’s boots are to
be displayed in the British Museum’s Egyptian
collection – next to its
mummies and pharaohs.
The lime green Adidas
X17 Deadly Strike boots
have been donated to
the museum to celebrate
Anfield’s Egyptian star
winning this season’s
Golden Boot for being
the Premier League’s top
scorer with 32 goals.
Neal Spencer, keeper
of the mummies and
antiquities of Egypt and
Sudan at the museum,
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brings
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Salah won the Golden
Boot for Liverpool.”
The boots will go on
display in gallery 61 in the
London museum next
week in the run-up to the
Champions League final.
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his national team, known
as The Pharaohs, to the
World Cup finals.”
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Blade runner girl, 7, who’s a gym star
Pictures: dave evitts / swns
By Sarah Ward
DAISY-May Demetre, aged just seven,
loves working out in the gym where she
impresses everyone with her skills.
The double amputee can turn cartwheels and outrun able-bodied children
on her prosthetic blades.
Daisy-May was born with a condition
that meant her lower legs and feet were
deformed.
Her parents Alex and Claire, both 35,
were given the difficult choice between
watching Daisy-May grow up with
deformed feet she couldn’t use or a
­double amputation.
Hoping prosthetics would give her a
better quality of life, they decided to
have her left leg removed below the knee
and the right leg removed above the
knee when she was 18 months old.
They never dreamed at the time that
their daughter would become a fearless
gymnast.
Daisy-May has even modelled on the
catwalk at London Fashion Week and
turns heads when she works out at the
gym with her father.
“Monkey bars and cartwheels are my
favourites,” she said. “I can also do the
Olympic rings and I can lift the dumbbells, though they are heavy.
“I don’t see any other girls in the gym
with their dads but they should try it. My
blades help me to run. I can beat my
brother and sister when I race them.”
Determined
Double
amputee is
a winner in
her superfast blades
Youngster was born with deformed lower legs and feet
A scan during Claire’s pregnancy
revealed that her baby had only two toes
on one foot, while the other was just a
ball. Alex said: “We had the choice for
her to live like that, with no quality of
life, or to go for the operation.
“We didn’t know at the time that DaisyMay would be as good at gymnastics as
she is now.
“She faces each day with a big smile on
her face. She motivates me.”
Daisy-May got her big break in fashion
after Alex watched a TV programme
about a modelling agency which casts
children with disabilities in advertising
campaigns. He got in touch and her
career has since taken off.
Alex is determined to give her the
same opportunities as her able-bodied
siblings, Charlie, 12, and Ella, 10.
“Daisy-May is a double amputee but
she can do more than many able-bodied
children can do,” he said.
“If you give her a challenge, she will do
it, whether it’s monkey bars or cartwheels. She was told she would never
ride a bike but she came racing down the
road on one the other day.”
The family live in Northfield, Birmingham, and Daisy-May trains at a gym
where her father has been working out
for five years. “People tell me she is
inspiring to watch,” he said.
Daisy-May shows off her prowess on the monkey bars – her favourite piece of apparatus
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By John Ingham Defence Editor
A DOZEN old soldiers yesterday
remembered their comrades as they
marked the anniversary of one of
the toughest battles in the Second
World War.
The men, now all in their 90s, returned
to Monte Cassino in Italy which Allied
troops finally captured 74 years ago
after a bitter 123-day battle.
Among them was Alex Munro, 96,
from Glasgow, who served as an Observation Post signaller.
He and two other men directed
artillery fire on to the monastery where
crack German troops used the rubble
to form defensive positions.
The battle in the mountains of southern Italy between Naples and Rome
cost the Allies about 55,000 casualties
and the Germans about 20,000.
Appalling
Troops from Britain, India, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand and South
Africa, backed by US air power,
repeatedly tried to take the hilltop
position which guards the entrance to
two key valleys.
They fought in appalling conditions
on exposed slopes, coming under heavy
artillery fire and often knee-deep in
mud and snow.
Alex, who fought at the Battle of
El Alamein in Egypt in 1942 before
taking part in the liberation of Italy,
said: “The first thing that struck me on
getting here was the folks
who never made it. I had
five real close friends
who were called up on
the same day as
me but who did not
come home.
“As soon as I came
back here I could see
their faces just as they
Alex, left, and
Danny on their
pilgrimage
Heroes return to honour
fallen pals and remember
the hell of Monte Cassino
were then. They were all like me, aged
21 or 22, but they were all killed.”
The 12 veterans, including Danny
Gannon, 95, from Perth, went to Monte
Cassino with the Royal British Legion’s
travel arm, Remembrance Travel.
Danny, who kept troops supplied
by driving trucks with the Royal Army
Service Corps, said: “It is very
emotional coming back here for the
first time since the war. It’s especially
emotional at the cemeteries.”
The trip was largely paid for by a
sponsored charity rugby match pitting
amateurs against top players including
former Wales captain and British Lion
Colin Charvis.
Colin said: “We all knew about what
happened in Normandy but for many
of us it was a real eye-opener to
discover what those guys did at
Monte Cassino.”
Earlier
this
year,
local hoteliers proposed
putting up a memorial
to the British and
German troops who
died in the battle.
But the plan was
shelved after protests
by former partisans
who
dubbed
the
Germans
“Nazi
oppressors”.
Pictures: getty
Victim Rosina Coleman
Man, 65,
held over
killing
By John Twomey
Allied troops in action during the hard-fought battle, which lasted 123 days
POLICE hunting the
“cowardly” killer of
pensioner Rosina
Coleman were
questioning a 65-yearold man last night.
He was held on
suspicion of murder.
Detectives confirmed
the arrest in the
Romford area of Essex
as they revealed Mrs
Coleman, 85, died from
“blunt force trauma” to
the head and neck.
Her body was found at
her bungalow home in
Romford on Tuesday.
The brutal killing –
described by police as
“despicable and
cowardly” – stunned
neighbours and friends
of the popular widow.
Scotland Yard said it
was still appealing for
information.
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EXCLUSIVE
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He was in floods of tears
shouting ‘I’m at the top’
M
ARINA FOGLE was fast
asleep at her home in
west London on Wednesday night when her
mobile phone rang at
three o’clock in the
morning. As she struggled into
wakefulness she peered at the
caller ID on the screen and made
out the distinctive pattern of a satellite phone number. It was the call
she had been desperately waiting
for since the previous Sunday.
By now her husband Ben, who
has made a career out of carrying
out increasingly dangerous feats of
derring do, had been on Mount
Everest for a month. Five days earlier he had called her to say that he
and his team, under the leadership
of world renowned mountaineer
Kenton Cool, were aiming to make
a bid for the summit the following
Monday – Sunday night her time.
“So I went through the weekend
thinking it’s soon going to be over,
it’s soon going to be over,” she says.
“I think it was on Sunday night that
I was anticipating that phone call. I
was tossing and turning and
couldn’t get to sleep so I thought
I’d listen to something.
“The only thing I had on my
phone was the audio version of
Fire And Fury – that book about
Donald Trump – so I thought I’ll
stick that on. I then proceeded to
have a series of disturbing nightmares about Donald Trump.
“That was quite funny. When I
wasn’t having nightmares about
Ben on Everest it was disturbing
dreams about Donald Trump. I
don’t know which was worse.”
She adds: “Then I didn’t
hear anything at all on Monday and
I was like, ‘He’s meant to be
summiting and I haven’t heard anything.’ And everyone was asking
me what was going on.
“I went through that night not
sleeping, waiting for a phone call,
not getting a phone call and being
a bit worried thinking, ‘Oh gosh
what’s gone wrong?’”
“Ben had said, ‘I might not be
able to call you from the top of the
mountain, we might not have any
satellite signal, I might not be able
to string a sentence together’ so I
knew that it wasn’t a definite.
“But I had hoped he would call
me – not because I wanted to get a
call from the roof of the world but
just so I would know whether or
not he’d made it.”
S
HE then received a “very
very brief” text saying that
the team was at camp four
– the last staging post before the
summit – but this provoked as
many anxieties as it laid to rest.
“It said that they were going to
have a rest day and maybe summit
on Wednesday and that was it,” she
says. “And of course you catastrophise – I was thinking, ‘Is he in the
right state of mind?’
“You know camp four is at 8,000m,
which is within the death zone [the
section of the climb which is at
such high altitude that there is
a limit to the length of time that
a climber can survive without
supplementary oxygen].
“You do not want to be spending
any more time there than you have
to. A rest day at camp four is so
Picture: JOHN GODWIN
way that I didn’t beforehand. That
raises the stakes quite a lot. It felt
like there was so much more on the
line – for a start he’s older.
“I know lot about Everest, I’ve
read all the books. I was obsessed
with it as a young girl. I know
exactly what the real dangers are.”
And so there were many dark
nights of the soul before Marina got
that all-important 3am call.
“I just remember hearing my
phone ring in the middle of the
night and thinking is that going to
be the satellite phone number?
And it was. He was in floods of tears
just shouting, ‘I’m at the top, it’s
amazing, it’s beautiful.’
“That was a huge relief that
they’d got there and he could string
a sentence together.”
A
SUPPORT: Marina and their children Ludo and Iona, above.
Ben celebrates reaching the summit, right. The children
react to the news of his conquering Everest, below
Marina Fogle tells DOMINIC
MIDGLEY about the highs
and lows she experienced as
her husband Ben made his
death-defying ascent of
Mount Everest this week
against normal Everest summiting
procedure I kind of wanted to say,
‘Why? Why is that?’
“Then you think, ‘Are they
hypoxic? Is he going to make it?’ If
he doesn’t make it I’m going to
have to cope with his disappointment. Is he going to be brain damaged? Because the brain starts to
deteriorate. I was definitely really
nervous that day.”
Indeed she was far more anxious
than she had been during her husband’s two previous big challenges:
rowing across the Atlantic and
trekking to the South Pole.
Even when he was negotiating
mountainous seas in midocean there was always the
reassurance of a blinking
tracker device but this time
round “there was radio silence
from the Wednesday beforehand and that I found really
difficult”. She adds: “That final
week was tough.”
There was another reason
why it was more intense: “When
he went across the Atlantic I
wasn’t even his wife, I was his
girlfriend. Obviously I loved
him but now we’ve got two
young children, we’ve got a
family life, I depend on him in a
ND Marina wasn’t the only
one overjoyed to hear that
Ben had summited safely.
Their children Ludo, eight, and
Iona, six, were equally elated.
“I was honest with them about
the dangers of going up Everest
and the challenges he faced but I
think children focus on the adventure and excitement.
“They were so proud of him.
Their school had been really
involved. Ben had done an assembly from base camp. He’d talked to
the whole school and all their classmates were asking about Ben and
when I told them he had reached
the top they were just so proud and
excited they were literally leaping
around, jumping on my bed.”
That said, Marina was aware that
the descent from the summit was
even more dangerous than the
ascent due to fading adrenaline,
growing fatigue, the effects of altitude and lack of food.
“Until he was back down
through the ice fall above base
camp I wasn’t going to allow
myself to be relieved that he
was back,” she says. “But now I
am absolutely the most relieved
woman in Britain.”
So has Britain’s foremost
celebrity adventurer had the
temerity to broach any plans for
future challenges?
“I think he’s just desperate to
come home,” she says. “He did
say that he’s happy to give up
mountaineering for good and I
know that this has been tough.
He says it’s the hardest thing he
has done by a long way.
“I asked him, ‘Have you lost a
lot of weight?’ And he said, ‘To
be honest I haven’t taken my
clothes off for five weeks. I have
no idea.’ It will take him a good
few weeks to recover and then
he’ll write his book and he’s creating a series of podcasts. There’s
a lot of work to do now.
“I don’t think I’ll be hearing too
much about future expeditions,
certainly not in the short term. In
the long term I know I married an
adventurer and I think for him to
lose that spirit of adventure would
be to lose a part of himself and I
wouldn’t want that.”
l Ben’s climb, in support of The
British Red Cross, was backed
by AnythingisPossible.world. He
is a UN patron of the Wilderness
and Mountain Hero.
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By David Maddox
JEREMY Corbyn has sparked outrage for nominating a woman to the
Lords who protested against action
being taken against anti-Semites in
the Labour Party.
Left-wing
campaigner
Martha
Osamor, the mother of MP Kate
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­nominations for a peerage among 13
new additions to the Lords.
The Guido Fawkes website reported
that she signed a letter protesting
over the suspensions of party
­members for alleged anti-Semitism,
including former London mayor Ken
Livingstone.
The row follows concerns over a
lack of action against alleged antiSemites in Labour under Mr Corbyn
including a failure to expel Mr Livingstone, who repeatedly claimed Adolf
Hitler was a Z
­ ionist.
Mr Corbyn has also failed to bring
in the recommendations of the report
into anti-Semitism drawn up by
­Baroness Chakrabarti.
Gideon Falter, chairman of the
Campaign Against Antisemitism,
said: “Mr Corbyn has promised action,
not just words, against anti-Semitism
in the Labour Party. Today his actions
speak louder than ever. By elevating
Ms Osamor to the peerage, Mr ­Corbyn
J-Lo puts great into being 48
Jeremy Corbyn and Martha Osamor
has sent an unmistakable signal to
those in the Jewish community who
still harboured some hope that he
might change.
“Mr Corbyn is telling us not only
that he sees her behaviour as unproblematic, but that he sees it as being
worthy of the highest honour and a
lifelong seat in the House of Lords.
“Yet again, Mr Corbyn has sent the
Jewish community a two-fingered
salute, and the Labour Party has
looked on inertly.”
Nine new Conservative peers have
also been announced.
Former DUP MP William McCrea
will also become a peer.
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MAKING THIS FILM PROB
Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
By Jane Warren
W
HEN 22-year-old Josh
Edmonds was killed in
a road accident in
Vietnam in 2011 while on
a six-month trip to Asia,
his devastated parents
were determined to transform their
grief in a way that would honour the
memory of the laid-back Ministry of
Sound producer.
So instead of dedicating a bench
or raising money in his name, Jane
Harris and her partner Jimmy
Edmonds, a Bafta award-winning
documentary film editor, decided to
take a road trip across the US.
They wanted to meet other
bereaved parents in order to make
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having it released in mainstream
cinemas. It was, Jane admits, a
“madcap idea”.
“When Josh died we thought we
could not survive,” she says. “We
got stopped in time that day.
We changed overnight and we didn’t
know what to do. When Jimmy suddenly said, ‘We are going to build
Josh’s coffin’, our little village community gathered together and that
is what we did.”
But then came a devastating
silence that threatened to engulf
them. Jane, 62, who works as a
therapist in Gloucestershire, found
it easier than Jimmy, 68, to be alongside other people’s helplessness in
the months after Josh died. “Other
When Josh Edmonds was killed in a motorcycle
accident his parents were understandably
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by going on an American road trip to make
a documentary about bereavement
CELEBRATIONS: Jane and Jimmy remember the good times such as Josh’s third birthday and New York, above
people defined me by the fact I was
a bereaved mother. I could deal
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‘was in a better place’ but as a
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important to us not to shy away
from the challenge of making it.”
Yesterday the couple achieved
their ambition when A Love That
Never Dies had its premiere at the
Prince Charles cinema in London’s
Leicester Square. There will be
20 further screenings around the
country over the coming months.
“As a film-maker this has been
the hardest project I have ever
worked on but as a bereaved father
it has probably saved my life,” says
Jimmy, who collapsed on his kitchen
floor when two young policemen
arrived to tell him that his son had
been killed in Asia.
“My mind just went into total
freefall,” he recalls. “We had the
little boy who seemed to grow up
so fast to become the troublesome
teenager but as soon as we had
the more fully developed man, we
lost him.”
New York had been the destination of the final holiday the family
had enjoyed with Josh the year
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truly important in life,” says Jane,
who explains that her creative family were united from the first
moments of loss by the desire to do
things their own way. Having never
buried a child before they realised
that they could find their own way
to celebrate his vibrant life.
They decided to invite his devastated young friends to help create a
unique ceremony which one guest
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happy memories”. Thirty of Josh’s
friends from the nightclub Ministry
of Sound arrived on a bus on the
day of his funeral.
“None of us really realised the
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his friends, many of whom we hardly
knew,” says Jane.
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before he died and they felt a calling
to return with their cameras to document their odyssey through grief.
Their hope was that making the
film would take them from a place
of acute distress to acceptance.
“As bereaved parents we represent something unthinkable,” says
Jane. “This is a situation that can’t
be fixed but we wanted to be as
creative and active as possible for
ourselves and our surviving children
in finding rewards where we
expected none.”
In August 2015 they set off on
their three-month American road
trip to meet and film 11 families
in the US and two in Mexico having
appealed for interviewees through
a
bereavement
charity
and
academic friends.
“It was very cathartic for us and
the families also found it therapeutic because they had been coping in
isolation,” explains Jane. “It was
strange but by doing this we found
we were also making it ‘OK’ for
other people.”
Then came the challenge of
editing 80 hours of some highly
personal material into a featurelength documentary. “This is not
SUPPORT: Jane and Jimmy, main pic, and some of the bereaved parents
they interviewed in the US for their film. Jane scatters Josh’s ashes, top
just a film for bereaved parents,”
says Jane. “It is for anyone who has
suffered a loss.”
When Jane met Jimmy at film
school in 1982, his son Joe from a
previous relationship was just three
years old and dreamed of having a
younger brother and a sister. When
Josh and then Rosa came along, the
blended family was complete.
“Josh was just an ordinary young
man although of course your own
children are never ordinary to you,”
remembers his mother. “As a little
boy he was gangly, shy and wore
glasses but as he grew up he developed incredible confidence and a
very dry sense of humour. Kind,
compassionate and gentle he was
on the launch pad of his life and was
having an incredible time.”
Josh flew to Bali in October 2010
on a trip which would have ended
with a flight home from Delhi in
March 2011. He had backpacked his
way through Indonesia, Malaysia,
Thailand and Laos before joining
up with three others to ride from
Hanoi to Saigon on motorbikes they
had bought.
The accident happened on January 16, 2011, in a remote village
when a man pushing his bicycle up
a hill stepped out to avoid a pile of
building bricks by the side of the
road. Josh swerved and was killed
instantly by a passing tipper truck.
His death was witnessed by one
of the young men with whom Josh
had been travelling, who was
behind him.
“We heard the news just after
breakfast on a sunny Sunday morning,” remembers Jimmy. “The rest
of the day was spent in a kind of
limbo as we waited for Joe to arrive
from London. We couldn’t tell him
over the phone so we asked his best
friend in London to tell him and
they both arrived later that day.
“It was only when we were all
together that we really felt strong
enough to try to take in what had
happened,” he says.
Joe, 40, was 33 when his brother
died. His sister Rosa, now 25, was
18. “Rosa’s eyes were opened by his
death with an insight into what is
IS body had been repatriated via undertakers in
Hanoi who included local
banknotes in his coffin “to help
speed his way to paradise”, she says.
He was then collected from Heathrow by a local funeral director.
“Waiting for him was very tough.
Planning the funeral was a distraction but seeing him lying in the
coffin we had made was an extraordinary moment that we will never
forget,” explains Jimmy.
After carrying his homemade
coffin came speeches and songs
composed especially for him and
videos from his short life.
Through the Good Grief Project,
the charity they founded in the
wake of losing their son, Jane and
Jimmy are about to hold their first
Active Grief Weekend designed to
help bereaved parents manage
and express their grief by promoting the development of a new relationship with the child who is no
longer here.
“We call this ‘continuing bonds’,”
explains Jane. “It is about not wanting to cut off from the deceased but
about building a new kind of relationship with them. On the one
hand the bereaved are expected to
‘get over it’ as soon as possible yet
on the other they find it almost
impossible to continue.
“They need to feel that the emotional turmoil they experience is
both valid and survivable, and that
they can build a new kind of relationship with the child who is no
longer present.”
She says that Josh’s death has
proved extraordinary in many
unexpected ways.
“We had 22 years with him but
since he died we have learned more
about what is truly important in life
and I think of that as his legacy,”
she explains.
“Although I would do anything to
bring him back I would not go back
to who I was before he died. His
death has shifted everything.”
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The scandal that
had everything
Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
JEREMY THORPE: Eton
and Oxford-educated
Thorpe rose swiftly
through the ranks to
become leader of the
Liberal Party while still
in his mid-30s.
His peak was the 1974
general election when the
Liberals won six million
votes and there was talk
of a power-sharing deal.
Rumours of a gay affair
with Norman Scott had
circulated for a decade
despite the married
politician insisting they
were nothing more than
friends. The scandal
erupted when Scott’s
Great Dane was shot
dead on Exmoor in 1975,
in a bungled hit allegedly
ordered by Thorpe in
order to silence his
former lover.
He was forced to resign
the leadership the
following year, later lost
his seat as an MP and
went on trial at the
Old Bailey.
Thorpe, described by
the judge as a “man of
hitherto unblemished
reputation”, was
acquitted but his political
career was ruined. He did
not give evidence in his
own defence and never
publicly explained how a
man armed with a gun
came to confront Scott on
a remote road.
Blocked by his own
party from returning he
was offered a senior post
with Amnesty
International but that
was also scuppered by
opposition from members
and many questions still
remained. Thorpe, played
by Hugh Grant in the
drama, also applied
unsuccessfully for the
job of race relations
adviser to the BBC.
Not long afterwards he
began showing the signs
of Parkinson’s disease
that led to his retirement
from public life in the
mid-1980s. There was,
however, a reconciliation
with the Liberals and
Thorpe became president
of the North Devon
Liberal Association. At
the 1997 Lib Dem Party
conference he received a
standing ovation. Thorpe
died aged 85 in 2014.
GAY: Norman Scott
Sex, blackmail, intrigue, even a dead dog
As the BBC prepares to screen a deliciously lurid drama series about
how 1970s Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe was forced to resign
in disgrace, ADRIAN LEE reveals what became of the key players
Pictures: GETTY, REX, ALAMY, KIERON McCARRON / BBC
SHAMED: Jeremy Thorpe
ANDREW NEWTON: The would-be hitman who used the
false name Peter Keene was unmasked as a part-time
pilot called Andrew Newton. He claimed he had been
hired by middle-men, acting for the Liberal leader, to
murder Scott. According to Newton he was offered up
to £20,000 to carry out the killing.
Newton, then aged 32, was described at the Old Bailey
as “a perjurer”, who was “determined to milk the case as
hard as he can” and his version of events was derided.
For the shooting of the dog on Exmoor he received a
two-year sentence for possession of a firearm with intent
to endanger life.
After the Thorpe trial Newton changed his name to
Hann Redwin in a bid to escape the spotlight but a few
years later he resurfaced in equally intriguing
circumstances. While they were climbing unaccompanied
in the Alps, in 1993, his girlfriend Caroline Mayorcas, 45,
fell 900ft to her death. It emerged that she’d never been
mountaineering before. A coroner ruled out foul play.
He was last heard of living in Chiswick, London.
CLOSE ALLY:
Peter Bessell
THE HITMAN:
Andrew Newton
PETER BESSELL: Elected as the Liberal MP for
Bodmin in 1964 Bessell became one of Thorpe’s closest
allies. He made it his business to protect his friend
from Scott’s attempts to go public with the alleged
gay affair.
Bessell later claimed that during a meeting in 1968
the Liberal leader said of Scott, “We’ve got to get rid of
him,” adding: “It is no worse than shooting a sick dog.”
He said he was unsure if Thorpe was serious but played
along, even discussing ways of disposing of the body.
Bessell gave evidence for the prosecution at Thorpe’s
trial but his credibility was undermined when he
admitted signing a £50,000 newspaper contract for his
story, which would be reduced to £25,000 if Thorpe was
acquitted. The trial judge said the arrangement was
“deplorable” and suggested his evidence was “a tissue
of lies”. He died of emphysema in 1985 aged 64.
DAVID HOLMES: A merchant banker and assistant
treasurer of the Liberal Party he was Thorpe’s best
man and completely loyal.
In 1974 Holmes was asked to silence Norman Scott
and approached a business acquaintance, who
found Andrew Newton. Holmes, who only ever
admitted hiring Newton to frighten off Scott, was a
co-defendant with Thorpe at his trial in 1979. He too
was cleared of conspiracy to murder.
However his reputation also suffered, forcing him to
quit the financial and political worlds. Shunned by
Thorpe, friends and business colleagues, Holmes
became manager of a roller-disco in Camden, north
London, but scandal continued to follow him.
In 1981 he was arrested for approaching men for sex
and fined £25, prompting the headline: “Sex shame of
Jeremy Thorpe’s best friend.” He died of cancer in
1990, aged 59.
RELATIONS: Hugh Grant as MP Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Scott
NORMAN SCOTT: The former stable
lad and aspiring model, who was
20 years old when he first met the
politician, claimed they began a
homosexual relationship in 1961,
a time when gay sex was still illegal.
After the pair fell out Scott made
several attempts to go public but
Thorpe and his allies managed to
hush up the trysts.
In October 1975 Scott, who is
played by Ben Whishaw, was
befriended by a man using the alias
Peter Keene. As the pair were
driving across Exmoor at night a
gun was pulled and Scott’s dog
called Rinka was killed.
Scott told police that the
hitman then turned the
weapon on him, exclaiming:
“It’s your turn now.” But the
gun jammed before he drove
off. The alleged assassin was
traced but claimed he was
merely trying to frighten
Scott, who was blackmailing
l A Very English Scandal starts tomorrow evening on
BBC One at 9pm.
him. Thorpe was dragged into the
scandal when Scott incriminated
him. At Thorpe’s trial, where Scott
was the main prosecution
witness, the judge described
him as “a crook, a fraud,
a sponger, a parasite,
a whiner” but concluded
that he could still be telling
the truth.
Scott, now 78, keeps a low
profile with his eight dogs,
horses and chickens at a
THE SILENCER:
David Holmes
remote 11th-century farmhouse on
Dartmoor, where he lives alone.
Friends offered him the property
rent-free for life and he made ends
meet by schooling horses.
He is an occasional judge at
horse shows.
After the trial Scott faced
prejudice because of his sexuality
and was disowned by some relatives.
He has two adult children,
grandchildren and an ex-wife Susan,
who committed suicide.
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inside politics
Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
by Macer Hall
A
RARE sighting of Bananaman on this side of the
Atlantic has triggered
rumours that a band of
superheroes is about to
sweep in to save West­
minster politics. David Miliband,
the former foreign secretary, once
lampooned after being caught by
cameras twiddling his breakfast
fruit in the air, flew over from his
New York home this week to warn
that Brexit is heading towards
­disaster. His intervention intensified
speculation about the launch of a
new, centrist party.
The former Labour leadership
contender’s decision to line up
alongside former Tory minister
Nicky Morgan and ex-Lib Dem
leader Sir Nick Clegg in speaking
out against a full break with Brussels
was seen by some MPs as a sign of a
new alliance forming.
Westminster insiders were asking
whether this posse of one Dave and
two Nicks is about to emulate the
so-called Gang of Four that set up
the breakaway SDP from the Labour
Party in the 1980s?
Mr Miliband, who became an
international aid charity boss after
being beaten by his younger brother
Ed to the Labour crown eight years
ago, has long been seen as an exiled
leader in waiting by many diehard
fans of Tony Blair.
But he is not the only focus of
discussion about a split from the
party now dominated by Jeremy
Corbyn and the hard-Left.
A party source told me the idea of
a walkout by moderate MPs
dominated the conversation at a
reunion barbecue for senior figures
from the height of the New Labour
regime over the last bank holiday
weekend. “Guests were divided
down the middle about whether the
time has come to form a breakaway
party or whether to stay put and
hope that something comes up,” the
insider said.
email macer.hall@express.co.uk
Slippery slope
for Bananaman
and the 2 Nicks
SPLITTING:
Will Miliband
be forming a
new party?
another
pro-Brussels grouping.
Renew, a tiny anti-Brexit party
launched earlier this year, fought
several wards in London at the
council elections earlier this month.
In the poll every Renew candidate
was defeated in the poll, including a
sitting councillor who had defected
from the Tories.
Even more problematic for the
new party plotters in Labour, Tory
and Lib Dem ranks is that the single
issue that unites them is a desire to
overturn the result of the 2016 EU
referendum.
They have little hope of developing
a new vision for the country’s future
as long as they remain obsessed
with reversing the tide of history.
Picture: UPPA /
PHOTOSHOT
C
linging on to the dream
that Brexit can be stopped
is also distracting MPs fed
up with their existing parties from
making the break and building a
new organisation from scratch. The
drawn-out parliamentary progress
of Brexit legislation means there is
always one more crunch battle for
the Remainers to fight.
A series of victories by a crossparty anti-Brexit alliance in the
House of Lords shows the diehard
Brussels supporters can be far more
effective staying where they are
rather than coming together into a
single force that could struggle to
build electoral appeal.
Mr Miliband refused to say
anything about his future ambitions
after delivering his lecture about the
dangers looming in the Brexit
negotiations. He jetted back to the
US leaving those who see him as the
potential leader of a new force still
guessing about the future.
Lost centrists yearning for a new
party have little hope of Bananaman
or any other superhero swooping
out of the skies any time soon.
S
ome at the event insisted
moderates must find a new
centre-Left champion who
could have the potential to win a
leadership contest once Mr Corbyn
retires. Others argued that the party
is now so deep in the grip of hardLeft activists that it is beyond
­saving.
Former Labour donors are ready
to back a new party. Discussions are
said to be ongoing with Tory
Remainers
being
targeted
as
potential defectors. Senior figures
including Tony Blair, George
Osborne and Lord Ashdown, are
understood to have been involved in
the talks.
Yet such plotting ignores the
question of whether there is an
appetite among voters for yet
ONE-HIT WONDER JEREMY MAY BE TOP OF THE FLOPS
JEREMY Corbyn’s pop star appeal
is beginning to fade if ticket sales
for a Labour-organised musical
shindig this summer are anything
to go by.
The hard-Left Labour leader, who
was given a rapturous reception at
last year’s Glastonbury Festival, is
failing to draw the crowds to a
more modest event called Labour
Live next month. Staged in north
London the pop and politics party
dubbed “Jez Fest” features music
acts interspersed with speeches
from the likes of Mr Corbyn and his
shadow chancellor John
McDonnell. One earlier report this
week suggested only around 1,800
of the 20,000 tickets had been sold.
The chants of “Whoa Jeremy
Corbyn!” are likely to be rather
quieter this year.
Some Labour insiders blame the
lack of star names among the
music acts for the slow sales. But
others are beginning to wonder
whether the lack of interest is
another sign that the cult of
Corbyn among younger voters
– and those too young to vote – is
on the way out. Labour has a long
and dubious history of attempting
to blend politics with pop music.
With a then youthful and
mustachioed Ken Livingstone at
the helm, the Labour-controlled
Greater London Council loved to
fritter ratepayers’ cash on free
concerts before being abolished in
the early 1980s.
Soon after, Left-wing warblers
including Billy Bragg tried to raise
support for the party with “Red
Wedge” tours. Labour’s double
general election-losing leader Neil
Kinnock even appeared in a pop
video with the singer Tracey
Ullman. Such dabbling with the
music industry in the 1980s did
little to get Labour closer to power.
Events like Labour Live tend to
give participants a warm glow of
virtue at the time but the effect can
wear off as soon as the ears stop
ringing and the hangover kicks in.
When he bounds on to the stage
at Labour Live, Mr Corbyn may
find pop fans can be as fickle as
voters. He may have to get used to
being a one-hit wonder.
GEORGE Osborne has
been sounding out
Tory friends about the
possibility of standing
as the party’s candidate in
Kensington and Chelsea at the
next general election,
according to a source in
anti-Brexit circles. The former
chancellor, currently editor of
the London Evening Standard,
is said to be missing
Westminster. “George doesn’t
think the Standard job will last
indefinitely and is looking for a
comeback,” said the source.
ED Miliband used to
read for hours to prepare
himself for his Commons
clashes with David
Cameron, according to a new
book by two of his former aides.
The former Labour leader once
devoured a 30-page Hansard
debate to devise a single poser
for his Tory foe. “We considered
briefing a story about Ed’s
overnight reading material to the
press afterwards but decided it
would make him look nerdy,” say
Ayesha Hazarika and Tom
Hamilton in Punch & Judy
Politics – An Insider’s Guide To
Prime Minister’s Questions.
SIR Simon Hoare had
some wise words for
members of the public
crowding to attend a
Commons committee hearing on
local government reorganisation
this week. “You might have
fought to get in, you will be
fighting to get out in a moment,”
the Tory MP told them.
MPs plotting to oust
Commons Speaker
John Bercow have
come up with a new
codeword for their plan. The
backbenchers have taken to
referring to it as “Sprexit”,
short for “Speaker’s Exit” and
have identified June 22, the
date when Bercow reaches the
nine-year term limit he initially
set himself for staying in the
role, as “Bercow Day”.
PETER Bone was given
an unexpected answer
on raising his campaign
for the anniversary of the
2016 EU referendum to be turned
into an annual “Independence
Day” bank holiday at Commons
Business Questions. “I am
personally sympathetic,”
Commons Leader Andrea
Leadsom told the Tory
backbencher, adding: “Perhaps
his birthday could be an
alternative day.” Could an annual
“Bone Day” be on the way?
STEPHEN Pound had a
radical proposal for
the Commons
chamber to help the
crackdown on pollutioncausing plastic cups. “Would
it not be an excellent idea to
have a water fountain adjacent
to the Speaker’s Chair, and
perhaps one opposite each of
the frontbenches, with
disposable, biodegradable
cups?” the Labour MP asked.
Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay
Hoyle spotted a flaw. “I think
we will carry on using glasses,
which are absolutely
environmentally friendly,” he
said.
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The Saturday briefing
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
your
questions
answered
by WILLIAM HARTSTON
Pictures: GETTY
Is there anything you are
desperately yearning to know?
Are there any pressing factual
disputes you would like us to help
resolve? This is the page where
we shall do our best to answer
any questions you throw at us,
whatever the subject.
This poem has been
requested by Irene
McDermott of
Liverpool, who quotes
the final two lines and
asks if we can identify
them and provide the
remainder. This was
written as a poem by
John Henry Newman in
1833 and was later set
to music to become a
popular hymn.
Q
WE have heard a great deal about
the Empire Windrush ship
bringing West Indian families here in
the 1950s but can you tell me when
the ship was built and what her name
was before she became a troopship in
the Second World War?
A Edwards, Cardiff
A
SHE was originally a passenger
liner and cruise ship called the
Monte Rosa, built and launched in
Germany in 1930. During the
Second World War she became a
troopship for the German navy but
at the end of the war was acquired
by the UK as a prize of war.
In 1948 she brought 1,027
passengers and two stowaways
from Jamaica to London of whom
693 said they intended to settle in
the UK. She continued to be used
as a troopship until 1954 when she
sank in the Mediterranean with the
loss of four crew.
The Pillar Of
The Cloud
by John Henry,
Cardinal Newman
(1801-1890)
Lead, Kindly Light, amid
the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I
am far from home –
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do
not ask to see
The distant scene – one
step enough for me.
Q
I’VE been watching re-runs of the
hospital drama ER on TV which
bring back lots of memories. I have
just watched an episode in which two
lads robbed a small shop. Was one of
them Ewan McGregor? It looked and
sounded like him, or was I dreaming?
Mrs L Copping, Weston-super-Mare,
North Somerset
I was not ever thus, nor
pray’d that Thou
Should’st lead me on.
I loved to choose and see
my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day,
and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will:
remember not past years.
A
WELL spotted! It is indeed the
young Ewan McGregor. The
episode is called The Long Way
Around and he plays a convenience
store robber named Duncan
Stewart. The episode was shown in
1997, making McGregor about 25 or
26 when it was filmed.
MILITARY MISSION: The 55 Independent Squadron board Empire Windrush at Southampton to fight in the Korean War
Q
A
WE have been making dry stone
walls in this country for more
than 5,000 years so it is no surprise
there are so many of them.
A survey in 1988 reported that the
Yorkshire Dales alone have 5,000
miles of dry stone walls, while
Winship Walling, members of the
Dry Stone Walling Association, tell
us there are 69,926 miles of dry
stone walls in England alone, of
which 38 per cent are showing
major signs of deterioration.
I WAS wondering about the
concept of tutting (to show
disapproval). Is it a purely British
phenomenon and what does it
mean in other cultures?
Chris Schuman, Reading, Berkshire
A
THE “tut” or “tsk” sound, made
by clicking the tongue against
one’s upper palate to express
dissatisfaction, is something the
British have been doing since at
least the 16th century though the
earliest reference in the Oxford
English Dictionary to a duplicated
“tut-tut” of disapproval goes back
only to 1873.
Surprisingly the “dental click”, as
linguists call it, seems to occur in
most European languages including
Hungarian, Russian and Portuguese
as well as Spanish, French and
German all of which use it in
exactly the same way as in English.
In other languages the same
sound is used as a negative
response to yes-no questions.
Q
IN several gangster/Mafia films
I’ve heard of people “running
numbers” for mob bosses. What does
this actually mean?
Stephen Tyrie, by email
A
THE “numbers game” was a
sort of illegal lottery run by
gangsters in the US.
The object was to pick three
numbers to match the last three
digits in a number to be published
the next day. It was usually
conducted in poor neighbourhoods
Q
WHAT is the precise meaning of
the word “Sutton” in such places
as Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham,
Sutton Bonington in Nottinghamshire
or the London borough of Sutton?
Irene Baird, Loughborough,
Leicestershire
A
THE names of all those Suttons
come from the Old English
“suth” and “tun” meaning “South
Farm” or “South Town”.
ROBBER: Ewan McGregor in ER
with small amounts of money being
staked by many people and the
bets being taken by the gangsters,
giving them a steady rake-off
(not dissimilar to today’s legal
lotteries actually!)
Q
WE had a holiday in North
Yorkshire last week and were
discussing how many miles of dry
stone walls there were in England.
Can you enlighten us?
Sheila Sherwood, by email
Q
CAN you tell me if Professor
Stephen Hawking, who died
recently, has been buried in
Westminster Abbey?
Mrs Harries, London
A
NOT yet but he will be. He died
on March 14 and a memorial
service for him was held at Great
St Mary’s Church in Cambridge
on March 31 followed by a
private funeral.
His ashes will be interred in
Westminster Abbey close to the
remains of Sir Isaac Newton.
Q
CAN you explain why there are no
“Roads” in the City of London?
For instance, there is Liverpool Street,
Lombard Street, Lower Thames Street,
Ludgate Hill and Pudding Lane, etc,
but no “roads”? Is there a good
reason for this?
JH Jeffries, Brentwood, Essex
A
TRADITIONALLY the word
“road” was applied to a route
from one place to another, while a
“street” (or avenue, crescent, lane,
alley, square and all the rest) were
built-up thoroughfares with shops
or houses on both sides.
All the thoroughfares within the
City stayed there so were not roads
to anywhere else. Also the word
“road” only started to be applied in
this sense in the 16th century, by
which time the City’s streets had all
been named anyway.
Actually there is one part of a
street called “Road” in the City and
that is Goswell Road whose eastern
half was brought into the City by
boundary changes in 1994.
Have you ever noticed,
incidentally, that when we say Fleet
Street, or Vine Street, or Oxford
Street or any other street, we put
the stress on the word before
“Street”, but for Euston Road, or
Northumberland Avenue, or Park
Lane or Trafalgar Square or any
other non-Street address, we stress
the second part?
We all do this, though few realise
that is the case.
I confess I have no idea why this
came about.
So long Thy power hath
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Will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er
crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those
angel faces smile
Which I have loved long
since, and lost awhile.
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F
ALLING through the air from
a helicopter, it looked like the
end for the no-nonsense
reporter Lois Lane. That was
until swoonworthy Superman, transformed from his
alter ego Clark Kent, saved the day
by flying to catch her.
In her distinctive raspy voice
Lois quipped: “You’ve got me. Who’s
got you?”
This is how actress Margot Kidder
will be best remembered, for playing
the much-loved Lois Lane in
Superman.
Starring alongside her on-screen
lover, played by Christopher Reeve,
audiences went wild for the comic
book film released in 1978.
Given its success – it was one of
Warner Brothers’ biggest earners at
the time – Kidder would later reprise
her role in three Superman sequels
throughout the 1980s.
Born in Yellowknife in Canada’s
Northwest Territories, Kidder was
the daughter of a teacher and explosives expert who moved many times
during her childhood.
She first knew she wanted to act
at the age of 12 when her mother
took her to see the film Bye Bye
Birdie in New York. For Kidder, who
lived in a remote mining town, “that
was it. I knew I had to go far away”.
Beginning her career in Canadian
films and television she landed her
first leading role in the 1972 cult film
Sisters and was a “scream queen” in
horror classics Black Christmas and
The Amityville Horror. Rising to
Will Alsop
Award-winning architect
BORN December 12, 1947 DIED may 12, 2018, AGED 70
BEST known for his bold
designs, architect Will Alsop
has died after a short illness.
His most celebrated building
is Peckham Library in southeast London, which won the
prestigious Stirling Prize and
earned him an OBE in 2000.
He also designed Clark Quay
in Singapore, the futuristic
North Greenwich Tube Station
and Hamburg Ferry Terminal.
Born in Northampton, Alsop
knew from an early age that he
was going to become an
architect – aged six he designed
a house for his mother.
Leaving school aged 16 to
work for an architect he went
on to study at the Architectural
Association in London and
later would become a professor
at the University for the Creative
Arts in Canterbury, Kent.
He is survived by his wife,
two sons and a daughter.
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She was a
super girl
of cinema
Margot Kidder
Actress
BORN october 17, 1948 - DIED
May 13, 2018, AGED 69
fame as a viable leading lady, in 1975
she played a star role in The Great
Waldo Pepper opposite leading man
Robert Redford and met her first
husband, director Thomas McGuane,
when she appeared in 92 In The
Shade.
But the marriage was shortlived
and she became a single mother to
her daughter Maggie in 1976.
After taking a break from acting,
Kidder sought to return to film in
the late 1970s.
Tripping over during her casting
for Superman, director Richard
­Donner was beguiled by Kidder’s
clumsiness and knew he had found
his leading lady.
But for all that she enjoyed
success in her professional life the
same cannot be said of her personal
life. Her second marriage to actor
John Heard in 1979 lasted just six
days, while her third – to French film
director Philippe de Broca – lasted
marginally longer, ending after a year
in 1984.
Kidder’s personal problems would
constantly make headlines – heavy
drinking, divorces and high-profile
romances including Pierre Trudeau,
Steven Spielberg and Brian De
FLYING HIGH: Kidder is
best known for role as
Lois Lane in Superman
Palma – were all played out publicly.
In 1990 she suffered a spinal injury in
a car accident and the medical bills
left her bankrupt.
She battled bipolar disorder and
in 1996, triggered by losing years of
work from her laptop, endured what
she called “the biggest nervous
breakdown in history”. Convinced
her first husband was trying to kill
her with the help of the CIA she cut
her hair and went on the run for four
days before turning up dishevelled in
a stranger’s back yard.
But Kidder was adamant she was
not a victim of the “Superman curse”
– the urban myth which seemingly
explained how co-star Reeve became
paralysed in a horse-riding accident.
She became a mental health advo-
cate in 2001 when the issue was not
given the exposure it is now, and was
awarded the Courage in Mental
Health Award by California Women’s
Mental Health Policy Council for her
openness in speaking out.
Kidder later revived her acting
career, maintaining steady work in
independent films and television,
winning an Emmy Award in 2015 for
her performance in the children’s
television series, RL Stine’s The
Haunting Hour.
She also became involved in
liberal activism, supporting the
anti-nuclear movement and also
abortion rights.
Kidder died in her sleep at her
home in Montana and is survived by
her daughter.
Giant who championed Satanic Verses
THE son of a glove manufacturer,
Peter Mayer was expected to take
over the family business but
declined, telling his father there was
no future in it. He turned out to be
correct: his father would later file
for bankruptcy and work for him.
Instead Mayer chose a different
path, running Penguin Books for
almost 20 years and becoming
the most successful publisher of
his generation.
Born in London, Mayer’s family
had emigrated to New York in 1939.
A decorated scholar he enrolled at
Columbia University, then spent a
year at Oxford University. He also
undertook a graduate fellowship at
Indiana University followed by a
Fulbright scholarship in Berlin.
In his youth he served in the US
Merchant Marine and lived briefly in
Spain before taking a job at Orion
Press in 1961 as an editorial
assistant. By the next year Mayer
began a 14-year tenure at Avon
Books, rising through the ranks to
become the company’s publisher.
In the 1970s he became publisher
and president of Pocket Books
before taking on the role in 1978 as
chairman and chief executive at
Penguin Group. When he started
Peter Mayer
Publisher
BORN March 28, 1936
- DIED May 11, 2018, AGED 82
the firm was floundering but by the
time he left in 1997 it was one of the
most recognisable brands in the
world, making a multimillion pound
profit. But it was no easy feat.
Staff cuts, including the company
chauffeur (Mayer drove himself),
was one of the changes he made. He
also insisted on joining colleagues in
the staff canteen.
Known for pushing boundaries
Mayer famously fell out of favour
with Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini after
publishing Salman Rushdie’s novel
The Satanic Verses in 1988.
Mayer was caught in the crossfire
after a fatwa was issued to kill the
author and received death threats,
forcing the firm to increase security.
Sticking to his principles Mayer
continued with the publication of
the paperback edition, commenting:
“Once you say I won’t publish a
PRINCIPLES: Peter Mayer
book because someone doesn’t like
it… you’re finished.”
Mayer married literary agent
Mary Hall in 1980 but divorced in
1991. After Penguin he ran his own
publishing firm Overlook Press, of
which he remained president until
his death. He died due to
complications from amyloidosis and
is survived by his partner Sophy
Thomson and daughter Liese.
Beth
Chatto
Pioneering gardener
and writer
BORN June 27, 1923 DIED may 13, 2018,
AGED 94
GREEN-fingered Beth
Chatto dedicated her life to
horticulture.
The distinguished
nurserywoman opened the
Beth Chatto Gardens at
Elmstead Market in Essex
after transforming in 1960
an overgrown wasteland
into one of the world’s
most famous gardens
which thousands of plant
lovers visit every year.
Born in Essex, Chatto
inherited her love of all
things green from her
parents who were both
enthusiastic gardeners.
After leaving school she
trained to be a teacher at
Hockerill College in
Bishop’s Stortford but
became interested in
gardening professionally
when she married her
husband Andrew in 1943.
The fruit farmer’s lifelong
research into the origin
of garden plants rubbed
off on Chatto, laying the
roots for her successful
horticultural career.
She was equally
encouraged by a close
neighbour to start flower
arranging and together
they founded Colchester
Flower Club, the second in
Britain at the time. Her
AWARDS: Chatto
was celebrated
groundbreaking ideas
were communicated
through her books which
chronicled her experiences
of ecological gardening
with an emphasis on
sustainability.
Her first, The Dry
Garden published in 1978,
was such a success it
paved the way for a host of
other titles including The
Damp Garden and Plant
Portraits.
For years she was a
regular exhibitor at the
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
winning 10 successive gold
medals, the first of which –
in 1977 – was for
showcasing plants for dry
and damp areas.
She was also given the
RHS’s most prestigious
award, the Victoria Medal
of Honour in 1987.
In 2002 Chatto was
awarded the OBE.
She died peacefully at
home and is survived by
her two daughters.
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sign Meghan
SHE’S Hollywood royalty and
Angelina Jolie looks set to rub
shoulders with the real deal now
she’s recruiting Meghan Markle
to join forces with her.
The actress, who flew into London
on Thursday in the hubbub of
today’s royal wedding, is said to
want the former Suits star to be
part of the Preventing Sexual
Violence Initiative – a charity Ange
founded with the British Government
in 2012.
The Tomb Raider star believes
that Meghan, 36, will be a
fabulous ambassador for the
organisation, which raises
awareness about sexual
violence against women,
men, girls and boys in
situations of armed conflict.
“Angelina thinks Meghan
will be the perfect fit as she’ll
not only bring more
attention to the
cause but is
genuinely
passionate about activism,” a
source tells Day & Night.
“Meghan has admired Angelina as
a campaigner and like her is
particularly interested in women’s
rights and child welfare. She has
already been assigned charities to
work with but the door isn’t shut.”
Our source adds that the pair have
had correspondence through their
respective teams and hope to have a
meeting at some point over the next
few months.
Meghan will also be noting
that 42-year-old Angelina
comes “Queen Elizabeth
approved”. The Oscar
winner, who is in the UK
capital for work, not today’s
nuptials, received an
honorary damehood from the
Queen at Buckingham Palace
for services to UK foreign
policy and her campaign
to end sexual
violence in war
zones.
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COMMEMORATIVE 8 PAGE PULL-OUT
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B
ack in the day royal
romances began in the
stuffy dining room of
some stately home, or on
the fringes of a polo field.
It is a sign of the times
that the first encounter of Prince
Harry and his bride-to-be was on
a blind date, organised by a friend,
at a trendy London night spot.
However when Meghan Markle
walked through the doors of Soho
House that summer’s evening in
2016 finding a husband was far
from her mind.
Freshly single the Torontobased actress was combining
business with pleasure on a trip
to Britain to promote the
forthcoming series of her television
show Suits and to enjoy the tennis
at Wimbledon. The opportunity to
mingle with the Royal Family was
an added bonus.
It is fair to say that she
approached the date with
a mixture of excitement and
curiosity, reportedly confiding in
a pal: “Well, it is going to be an
experience and at least it will be a
fun night.”
For Harry the evening was also
intended as a diversion.
At the time he had just returned
from commemorations to mark the
100th anniversary of the start of
the Battle of the Somme and was
feeling sombre. He hoped a few
drinks and some female company
would raise his mood.
If Harry was expecting a frothy,
self-obsessed actress he was forced
to revise his preconceptions about
Meghan, who played the part of
Rachel Zane in the legal drama.
Right from the first chaste kiss
on the cheek the Prince was
bowled over by the sassy American
and immediately recognised a
kindred spirit, who shared many of
his goals in life.
Following in his mother’s
footsteps Harry, 33, is passionate
about humanitarian causes and in
particular helping the world’s most
vulnerable people.
He later confessed that when
Megan revealed that she had given
a speech to the United Nations
he realised he would have to “up
his game”.
She is a former global
ambassador for children’s charity
World Vision and has campaigned
for gender equality. In 2015 she
received a standing ovation from
an audience including UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
for a speech she made on
International Women’s Day.
Harry’s perfect
love match
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From meeting on a blind date to today’s royal wedding, ADRIAN LEE
charts the fairytale romance between the Prince and Meghan Markle,
and why their relationship will only go from strength to strength
bonded because both endured the
agony of parents divorcing – Harry
when he was eight, Meghan when
she was six.
For Harry the premature death
of his mother had a profound
impact and he has since admitted
that he sought counselling after
enduring two years of “total chaos”
in his 20s. Harry revealed that he
“shut down” all his emotions for
about two decades.
In Meghan the Prince, who is
now campaigning to end the
stigma around mental health
issues, found compassion and
understanding. The open
American is a far cry from the stiff
upper lip approach that exists
among some older members of the
Royal Family and throughout the
aristocracy.
The Africa trip was a roaring
success, making Harry more
certain than ever that he had
finally found his soul mate.
By now the romance was moving
at a whirlwind pace and at the end
of October 2016, some four months
after first meeting, our sister
newspaper the Sunday Express
revealed that the pair were dating.
A week later Harry confirmed his
relationship with the actress in a
public statement and in a further
sign of their love she began
wearing a gold necklace featuring
the letters M and H.
The pair celebrated New Year
together at Kensington Palace
then slipped away to Norway to
see the Northern Lights, staying at
a lodge in Tromso owned by
Harry’s friend Inge Solheim.
H
arry and Meghan
spent the evening deep
in conversation then
went their separate ways, the
Prince to his cottage at
Kensington Palace and the actress
to her nearby hotel. But she left
with an invitation to meet again
the following night.
Meghan, 36, later confided that
she feared she had been too eager
in accepting but she need not have
worried.
By the time she flew back to
Canada a few days later Harry was
smitten with the actress. Later
asked when he realised Meghan,
who is three years his senior, was
“The One” he replied: “The very
first time we met.”
The feeling was mutual and
Meghan could not resist posting
on one of her social media
accounts: “Love hearts in London.”
The problem was keeping their
blossoming romance secret and
Harry’s solution was to invite
Meghan to join him on safari in
Botswana. It also allowed her to
see another of his passions at first
hand: conservation.
The couple camped out under
the stars and away from prying
eyes and other distractions there
was plenty of time to get to know
one another.
They are also said to have
M
SHARED INTERESTS: Top, Harry spending time improving the lives of children in
Lesotho. Above, Meghan has helped provide clean water to about 7,000 people
in Rwanda and, inset, as an activist for women’s rights proudly addressing the UN
eeting your
boyfriend’s relatives
for the first time is
always a nerve-wracking moment
for any girl but for Meghan taking
afternoon tea with the Queen was
another landmark. Around the
same time she accompanied Harry
to a friend’s wedding in Jamaica.
The couple’s first public
appearance together was at his
Invictus Games for disabled
service personnel, in September
last year, although they did not sit
next to one another.
If keeping them apart in front of
the cameras was intended to take
some of the pressure off Meghan
it failed.
By then the nation was buzzing
with talk of a royal engagement
and that duly arrived in November
last year when she showed off a
ring designed by the Prince
himself. Both Harry and Meghan
come with “baggage” from
previous relationships and she is
tying the knot for the second time.
Harry split from his last serious
girlfriend Cressida Bonas in 2014
and before that was in a long-term
relationship with Chelsy Davy for
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CHILDHOOD:
Top, Harry in
blue with
Charles, Diana
and William.
Left, Meghan
with mum Doria
and, above,
dad Thomas.
Below, Suits
seven years. The pair finally called
it a day in 2011.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s marriage
to US film producer Trevor
Engelson ended in 2013 after only
two years. Before that blind date
with Harry she was with Canadian
celebrity chef Cory Vitiello.
However one expert is convinced
that this relationship will go the
distance.
Harry’s biographer Penny Junor
says: “Harry’s first reaction when
he met Meghan was, ‘Wow!’ but
beyond the obvious physical
attraction they are very well suited
primarily because they have
interests in common.
“Harry and Meghan are driven
by humanitarian issues. They
share a genuine and deep interest
in making the world a better place.
Early on they recognised that
quality in one another and
very swiftly they got on to real
conversations.”
In the past her charity work has
taken Meghan to India and
Rwanda, where she has shown an
ability to muck in. She is currently
taking a break while she prepares
for her wedding and settles into
royal life but the couple’s future is
bound to include joint charity
projects.
Meghan once said: “I’ve never
wanted to be a lady who lunches.
I’ve always wanted to be a woman
who works.”
I
T IS a very modern approach
which appeals to Harry, who is
closely associated with
organisations such as UNICEF
and Sentebale, his own charity
supporting young people affected
by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.
The days when Harry was
dubbed “The Playboy Prince”,
known for his hard partying and
boorish antics, are a distant
memory. He spent 10 years in the
Army but more recently he has
been conscious of the need to find
a wife.
His biographer is convinced
that the Prince, who is now
approaching his mid-30s, is ready
to settle down. “Harry did struggle
to find a role in life and was rather
wild at times but he has grown
up,” adds Junor. “He is a very
different man now. This is
absolutely the right time for him to
marry and in Meghan Markle he’s
found the perfect match.”
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A
GENERATION has grown
up watching the monarchy
sail serenely on. Despite her
92 years the Queen shows no
sign of flagging, Prince
Charles seems content to
wait in the wings while the young
royals led by William and Kate are
more popular than ever. The birth of
Prince Louis is the icing on the cake.
Yet it’s not so long ago that the
institution was in crisis.
Three of Her Majesty’s children
had been through divorces, the
fallout from the death of Princess
Diana was bitter and it appeared the
nation would never take Camilla
Parker Bowles to its heart.
There were allegations that the
Royal Family was out of touch,
rooted in the past and loathe to
modernise. At one stage there were
even whispers that the monarchy
might not survive.
However there has been a minor
revolution behind the scenes at
Buckingham Palace over the past few
decades and nothing demonstrates
this more than the wedding of Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle.
He might only be sixth in line to
the throne but Harry’s choice of bride
is another important sign of the
monarchy’s desire to shed its stuffy
image. Not only is Miss Markle a
commoner but she’s an American, a
divorcee and of mixed race. In fact
she could hardly be further removed
from the blue bloods who have
traditionally become royal brides.
In years gone by she would,
no doubt, have been deemed
“unsuitable” just as her compatriot
Koo Stark was when she won the
heart of Prince Andrew in the 1980s.
So it is to the Royal Family’s credit
that Meghan has been warmly
welcomed into the fold: she already
has a Christmas at Sandringham
under her belt.
There was a time when the American actress
would have been deemed an ‘unsuitable’
choice for royal bride but with her success,
beauty, openness and confidence she’s the
ideal addition to The Firm, says ADRIAN LEE
BIG HUGS: left,
Meghan puts
her tactile nature
down to being
American;
above, William
and Kate are
leading the
young royals
and are more
popular than
ever; right,
Meghan is stylish
and successful
in her own right
R
OYAL commentator and
broadcaster Jennie Bond
says: “This confident,
eloquent and elegant young woman
is a powerful symbol of how the
monarchy is moving with the times.
“Edward VIII had to choose
between his love for a divorced
woman, Wallis Simpson, and the
throne. Prince Andrew was pressured
into giving up an American actress,
Koo Stark. But Meghan Markle, who
is divorced, American, an actress
and of mixed heritage, has been
welcomed into the Royal Family with
open arms.
“She will reflect Britain’s
multicultural society as well as the
empowerment of women. And that
makes the monarchy more relevant,
more contemporary and more
connected to society – exactly as
Harry’s mother Diana once
advocated.”
Race is always a delicate subject
but if the Royal Family is to remain
relevant it has to mirror society: in
Britain about one in 10 couples is
now in mixed ethnicity relationships.
In the past Meghan, whose mother is
black and father white, has expressed
pride in her heritage.
Then there’s the matter of her
acting background, spanning from
2002, which divides opinion.
While Kate Middleton has gone
from strength to strength since
joining “The Firm”, one criticism had
been her lack of previous real-world
experience. When she married
William her “career” amounted to
only a short time working as an
assistant accessories buyer for the
clothing chain Jigsaw.
In contrast Meghan battled hard to
get her break in the notoriously
tough acting world before landing the
plum role of Rachel Zane in the US
legal drama Suits.
Earlier there was a stint as a
scantily-clad hostess on Deal Or No
Deal but through her charity work
Meghan has shown that she has
brains as well as beauty.
She is also reported to have built
a personal fortune of more than
£3.5million.
It’s clear that this will be a
marriage of equals and Meghan, who
voiced her opposition to Donald
Trump in 2016, is not crossing the
Atlantic merely to play the dutiful
wife.
Jennie Bond, who was the BBC’s
royal correspondent for 14 years,
believes we can all relate to Meghan
and that’s a key reason why she’s
so good for the monarchy.
She adds: “Meghan is older than
most royal brides and is already a
success in her own right, with
self-made wealth, an established
career and a solid track record in
supporting charities and causes
about which she feels strongly.
“She has certainly won the love of
her Prince but it seems clear that she
has also won the respect of the family
she is now joining and the nation
as a whole. Meghan gives the
impression that she is very
comfortable in her own skin.”
Crucially Harry has been
allowed to make his own match
without all the restrictions that his
father faced, which now seem so
ridiculous.
I
N CHARLES’ day there was
a tiny pool of potential wives,
drawn from the British
aristocracy and the other royal
houses of Europe. We all know how
badly that ended, as he was
effectively pushed into marrying the
very suitable Diana Spencer who
was barely 20 years old but
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good for the monarchy
HAPPY FAMILIES: Charles and bride Camilla in 2005, with (l-r standing) Harry, William, Tom and Laura Parker Bowles, (seated) Prince Philip, the Queen and Camilla’s father Bruce Shand
CONTROVERSY: left, Prince Andrew was discouraged from marrying American
actress Koo Stark; above, Edward VIII chose divorcee Wallis Simpson over
duty; right, Diana was handpicked for Charles but the marriage was a disaster
hopelessly ill-prepared for the role.
Contrast the naïve and painfully shy
Diana with Meghan who is 36 years
old, much more confident and thanks
to her acting background at ease in
front of the cameras.
Harry is clearly marrying Meghan
for love, not out of a sense of duty
and that’s another reason to
celebrate. The last thing the Royal
Family needs after a period of
stability this century is another
divorce so, although Harry is far
down the list of succession, he still
carries a burden to marry well.
Fortunately there’s a widespread
feeling that he and Meghan, who
have a shared passion for
humanitarian causes, are well-suited.
The couple have made it clear that
they want donations for their
chosen charities in lieu of wedding
gifts.
Of course Meghan has one failed
marriage behind her but that’s no
longer a taboo and for that Harry
owes a debt of gratitude to his
father who fought the establishment
so he could marry Camilla Parker
Bowles.
“Everything changed when the
Prince of Wales married Camilla, a
divorcee,” says Penny Junor, author
of Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier,
Son. “In the recent past society had
very different views about whom
members of the Royal Family should
marry but times have changed.
Barriers have been lowered.”
Going back further it was a divorce
that also prevented Harry’s great
aunt Princess Margaret from
marrying her long-time boyfriend
Captain Peter Townsend in the early
1950s.
At the Palace there has also
been an acceptance that in the
21st century everyone has a few
skeletons in their cupboard.
It was all rather tame but Meghan
did once strip for the cameras in a
love scene for Suits. However in
modern-day Britain few people will
hold that against her. Her own
extended family is dysfunctional but
she will also gain sympathy for that.
Meghan, who is tipped to be given
the title Duchess of Sussex, has
already set about winning hearts.
T
RADITIONALLY members of
the Royal Family could be
stand-offish and it was
protocol not to touch them. In the
past the merest brush of a hand on
the Queen’s back by a foreign
dignitary has been greeted with
gasps of horror but Meghan has
already turned that notion on its
head. She’s delighted children and
other well-wishers with warm
embraces and won’t change her
nature just because she’s marrying
into the Windsor family.
“I’m American, I hug,” says
Meghan simply. It’s not a calculated
move but just another positive trait
that she happens to bring to the
table. Many who have met her have
commented on how normal and
down-to-earth she is and the more
people feel she is “just like one of us”
the stronger the monarchy becomes.
Surveys show that young people
especially adore Meghan.
Royal weddings always create a
feel-good effect, showing the
monarchy at its best and
demonstrating Britain’s flair for
pomp and ceremony. It has been
calculated that the nuptials of Harry
and Meghan will be worth up to
£500million to the economy, also
creating a mini-tourism boom, while
her nationality can only help cement
the special relationship between the
UK and the United States.
But it seems it’s the monarchy
itself that is the biggest winner as it
seeks to prove that it deserves to be
regarded as a modern organisation
that is fit to rule the land. On the day
of the latest royal wedding the
Meghan factor is already breathing
fresh life into an ancient institution.
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From their first official public appearance together to making their debut as a coup
The biggest
milestone
moments
in Harry and
Meghan’s
relationship
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March 3, 2017
COURTSHIP: above, Harry and Meghan walked
down the aisle... at a friend’s wedding; left, a tender
moment at the polo; below, at the Invictus Games
May 7, 2017
2016
July 3: The couple meet
for the first time at the
members’ club Soho House in
London after being set up on a
blind date. The precise date is not
known but a study of their diaries
suggests July 3 is most likely. Harry
and Meghan have never confirmed
who brought them together but
fashion designer Misha Nonoo is
one suggestion, while PR Violet
von Westenholz is also in the
frame. The couple click
immediately, arrange another date
the following evening and by the
time Meghan flies back to Toronto
a few days later both are smitten.
August 8: Harry whisks Meghan off
to Botswana on a five-day safari to
celebrate her birthday and give
them the perfect opportunity to
September 25, 2017
get to know one another. They
spend hours round the camp fire
talking and Harry is certain he’s
found the one.
October 31: News of Harry and
Meghan’s relationship leaks out.
It’s reported that Harry is “happier
than he has been for years”.
November 8: Kensington Palace
issues a statement confirming that
the couple are in a relationship,
appealing for them to be given
space.
November 15: It’s noted that the
besotted couple are wearing
matching bracelets.
December 6: Lovesick Harry
reportedly takes a detour to spend
precious time with Meghan in
Toronto, instead of flying straight
home from an official tour to the
Caribbean. The Prince travels
1,700 miles out of his way to see
his girlfriend.
December 31: After spending
Christmas apart Meghan and
Harry celebrate New Year together
in London, then take a trip to
Norway to see the Northern Lights.
2017
January 16: Meghan is
introduced to her future
sister-in-law, the Duchess of
Cambridge, for the first time and
they get on famously.
March 2: Meghan accompanies
Harry as his plus one to the
Caribbean wedding of his friend
Tom Inskip. They are spotted
holding hands and it’s yet another
sign that the romance is the real
deal.
May 7: It must be love – Meghan
gets her first introduction to polo
as she sits in the stands cheering
on Harry’s team at Ascot.
Meghan’s attendance at the
high-society affair as a royal
girlfriend is interpreted as a sure
sign that an engagement is
imminent.
publicly about Harry for the first
time, telling Vanity Fair magazine:
“I think it’s really simple, we are
two people who are really happy
and in love.”
September 23: The lovebirds meet
the Queen for the first time as a
couple at Balmoral, Her Majesty’s
summer residence.
June 11: Harry and Meghan arrive
together at the evening wedding
reception for Pippa Middleton,
Kate Middleton’s younger sister,
who marries James Matthews.
September 25: The pair make their
first public appearance together
at Harry’s Invictus Games, in
Toronto. Although they are seated
apart to keep her out of the
spotlight, they are later spotted
canoodling. “They seemed at home
with each other,” says spectator
Kylie Lawler.
September 5: Meghan speaks
November 27: After weeks of
Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
ple at Sandringham for the Christmas festivities, ADRIAN LEE takes a look back at...
february 13, 2018
FEELING A LITTLE HORSE: Meeting regimental mascot Cruachan IV at Edinburgh Castle
december 25, 2017
FAB FOUR: above, Royal walkabout on Christmas Day at St Mary Magdalene Church
on the Sandringham Estate and together again, below, attending the first annual
Royal Foundation Forum; right, Meghan visits radio station Reprezent FM in Brixton.
january 9, 2018
march 12, 2018
COMMONWEALTH DAY: Meghan’s first official engagement alongside the Queen
April 21, 2018
February 28, 2018
speculation and a few false alarms
the couple announce their
engagement and pose for
photographs in one of Diana’s
favourite spots, the Sunken
Garden, at Kensington Palace.
In an interview screened that
evening Harry admits he fell for
Meghan the moment he first saw
her. A beaming Meghan flashes her
engagement ring, a gold band
featuring a large diamond from
Botswana and two smaller outer
diamonds from the personal
collection of Harry’s late mother.
Meghan’s acting career is over
CELEBRATION: At London’s Royal Albert Hall for the Queen’s 92nd birthday concert
and she will move to the UK. The
wedding is confirmed for spring
2018 and it’s revealed the couple
will live at Nottingham Cottage,
Kensington Palace.
November 28: The wedding date,
May 19, is confirmed and the
venue: St George’s Chapel at
Windsor Castle.
December 1: Nottingham is given
the honour of hosting Harry and
Meghan’s first official engagement.
Day trips to Edinburgh, Belfast,
Cardiff and Birmingham follow
that winter as Harry proudly
shows off his new fiancée
and introduces her to royal
duties.
December 25: In a show of support
by the Queen she invites the
couple to join the Royal Family for
Christmas celebrations at
Sandringham in Norfolk, where
they join the traditional walk to
church.
It is not normal for partners,
rather than wives and husbands,
to get the nod so it is a huge vote
of confidence in Meghan.
2018
February 28: Harry and
Meghan appear in
public for the first time with
William and Kate, taking the
stage at the Royal Foundation
Forum in London to discuss their
humanitarian plans.
They are already being dubbed
‘the Fab Four’ and Harry draws
laughs as he says: “Working
together as a family does have its
challenges.” Meghan’s name will be
added to the foundation’s title.
March 6: Meghan is baptised into
the Church of England in a secret
ceremony at the Chapel Royal by
the Archbishop of Canterbury. It
marks her commitment to the
Anglican faith and her next step
toward marriage.
March 12: Meghan appears
alongside the Queen for the first
time for an official engagement at
Westminster Abbey, to mark
Commonwealth Day.
April 21: Meghan joins Harry and
other Royal Family members to
celebrate the Queen’s 92nd
birthday at the Royal Albert Hall.
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HEIDI KLUM,
Alessandra
Ambrósio and
Adriana Lima, pictured l-r,
were a sizzling supermodel
sandwich at the amfAR Gala
in Cannes.
The leggy lovelies stunned
in their designer frocks at the
star-studded affair.
German Heidi was
radiant in a plunging white
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cleavage. Fellow Victoria
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The models were joined by
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Ellie Goulding and
Sting at the 25th annual
event, which has raised more
than £155million to support
Aids research.
&
IN LONDON:
Spotted... Singer
BEVERLEY KNIGHT at the London
Cabaret Club in Bloomsbury…
British pop singer JESS GLYNNE
in Camden…
MADONNA is gearing up for a comeback after
announcing her first single in more than three
years. The queen of pop took to social media to
share the single artwork for a track titled Beautiful Game,
teasing fans that it is “coming soon”. Madge sparked
speculation that she’s preparing to unveil a new album
after she performed Beautiful Game for the first time live
at last week’s star-studded 2018 Met Gala in New York.
The 59-year-old will no doubt be keeping her fingers
crossed that it is a hit with fans after her 2014 album
Rebel Heart became the singer’s first record to miss out
on the UK No 1 spot since her controversial 1994 LP
Bedtime Stories.
&
T COMPETITIVE
“HE’S SO COMPETITIVE, THE MOS
PERSON I’VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE!” SIMON
COWELL IS ASTOUNDED BY HIS ALREADY VERY
DRIVEN SON ERIC, FOUR
HE WAS ridiculed on social media after
getting his first tattoo at 65 but that hasn’t put
off Duncan Bannatyne. The former
Dragons’ Den star, now 69, has only gone and got
himself another in what many believe is a bid to
“keep up” with wife Nigora Whitehorn, who
at 38 is more than 30 years his junior. “We have
got matching tattoos,” he tells Day & Night,
before Nigora adds: “It’s the symbol of the day
I was born.”
Nigora’s fondness for tattoos appeared to rub off
on the businessman when
he got his children’s initials
– Abigail, Hollie,
Jennifer, Eve, Emily
and Joanne – marked on
his wrist in 2014.
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1Illegal importers (9)
Admit defeat in (7)
Ninth month of the
Muslim year (7)
Professional Golfers’
Association (abbr.) (3)
Elm son (anag.) (6)
Electronic data
interchange (abbr.) (3)
Include as a necessary
part (7)
Move faster than (6)
Infamy (9)
A protest (4)
Flying toy (4)
DOWN
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doggedly (7,2)
Rut (6)
Illegal bar during
Prohibition (9)
Canvas shelter (4)
Long narrow hilltop (5)
American state (5)
Viewing organ (3)
Silent, voiceless (4)
Explosive mixture (9)
Small carpet (3)
Soluble base (6)
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23
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11
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20
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24
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11
16
23
23
14
20
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15
10
3
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26
26
16
19
15
15
21
20
26
4
16
10
16
13
7
10
24
18
23
4
24
4
11
24
14
10
9
17
15
1
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25
19
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24
24
19
16
15
14
THINKING SPACE
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3
15
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4
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11
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F
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Reed
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Turf
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Evens
Grape
Hives
Olive
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Skier
Stair
Valet
Cameras
Deserts
Digital
Dishrag
Letters
Rosette
Sadness
Sceptic
Shaving
Similar
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Erroneous
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Sensitive
Surprises
Tyrannous
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Farther, Ta-ta, Pang, Foot, Lira, Week.
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ACROSS 1 Obdurate, 6 Fail, 8 Erase, 11 Banger,
12 Cold, 14 Arm, 15 Visit, 16 Aim, 17 Chin, 19 Pieces,
20 Cheer, 21 Wren, 22 Passport.
DOWN 1 Off chance, 2 Dial, 3 Registers, 4 Tar,
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18 Hero, 19 Pea.
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6 Children’s game (1-3)
8 Whinny (5)
11 Ember (6)
12 Sea eagle (4)
14 Trades Union Congress
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15 Unspoken (5)
16 Choose (3)
17 Flat (4)
19 Tie up (6)
20Wear away (5)
21 Golf pegs (4)
22 Reprimands (8)
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available (9)
2 Rotate (4)
3 Points out, shows (9)
4 Ventilate (3)
5 Width or depth (9)
7 Tool for removing
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9 Weird (5)
10 Swiss cheese (7)
13 A seed (anag.) (5)
18 Change direction (4)
19 Foot part (3)
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Good 18; very good 27;
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alto earl gale galore
gaol gaoler glare gloat
gloater glue glut goal
gruel lager large larger largo late later
legato lore lour lout
luge lure lute ogle
oral rale ratel real
realtor regal regular
REGULATOR role rule
ruler rural tale teal
tolu ultra
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university meeting journalists (8)
5 Plant initially collected before
performance by us (6)
10 Artist with violin on a card Ed
designed (8,2,5)
11 Slightly wet blokes collecting
ring first (7)
12 Right mature to make
mistake (7)
13 Spouse welcoming lord, 51, with
animals (8)
15 Defeated leader being dropped,
having scoffed (5)
18 Farm managed by Conservative,
originally huge (5)
20New suit a man located (8)
23 Degree of loudness of one
ringing instrument heard after a
month (7)
25One man seen after the German
mocks (7)
26Toff with the Spanish
composition intrudes, we hear, to
get award (5,5,5)
27 The Spanish primate carrying
small pass (6)
28First of women relaxed about
learner having struggled (8)
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2 Professional getting sight of
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4 Southeast man’s means of
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6 Hostile Danish leader in a
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7 Doctrine revealed by European
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8 Joint found with chaps in street
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9 A Democrat – he gets payment
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16 Exercise machine used when
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17 Chapter about man, extremely
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19 Bachelor interrupting terrible
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ACROSS 1 Tapestry 5 Affirm 10 Pipped at the post 11 Elderly 12 Incisor
13 Deadlock 15 Dimes 18 Comic 20 Pinafore 23 Unifies 25 Entrant
26 Gone with the wind 26 Sprigs 27 Blustery.
DOWN 1 Tipped 2 Pipe dream 3 Sneered 4 Ready 6 Fleeced 7 Irons
8 Motorist 9 Stricken 14 Opposite 16 Margarine 17 Scourges 19 Chinwag
21 Fetters 22 Stodgy 24 Inner 265 Extol. Prizeword: Penalty
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13, 17, 19, 24, 25, 30, 31, 40.
Across: Percussion, Hammer,
Favela, Dynasty, Addle, Cobra,
Hertz, Awoke, Jukebox,
Equate, Maxims, Qualifying.
Down: Shady, Gazes, Pimento,
Baklava, Reeds, Trap, Yeti, Sift,
Thou, Khaki, Invader, Tabling,
Jawed, Exist.
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Dream Gardens
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Slug it out to banish pests
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LUGS are the gardener’s
worst enemy, chances are
they’ll be working their
way through your patch
right now. And they are
eating-machines.
Equipped with 27,000 teeth, each
and every one of the slimy little
blighters scoffs twice its own
bodyweight every day. Over the
course of the summer a single slug
(weighing in at a tenth of an
ounce) eats a whopping one and
three-quarter pounds of plant
material – and each square metre
of an average garden houses 200 of
the critters.
It’s amazing there’s anything left
and in the case of tasty salad and
veg or tender young bedding
plants, very often there isn’t –
unless you take decisive action.
There are shed-loads of “green”
remedies. Slug traps range from
the traditional saucer of beer
(though it’s claimed slugs actually
prefer low-alcohol lager), to natty
devices that you sink into the soil
with a tasty bait in the base so you
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– without getting your hands slimy.
Or try surrounding your most
“at-risk” plants with slug-deterrent
barriers. The traditional way was a
ring of prickly holly leaves but now
there are high-tech versions.
You’ll find granules that are
made of natural minerals that
work by soaking up the slime that
a slug glides along on, literally
gluing the beast to the spot, where
it’s easily frazzled by the sun or
eaten by a predator. You can also
buy copper strips that emit a faint
electric shock when a slug tries to
cross. These are ideal for fixing
round the edges of raised beds
or containers.
There are special mats made of
a material that irritates delicate
sluggy skin so they won’t cross
– these are ideal for standing tubs
and troughs on.
And for the greenhouse there’s a
silvery reflective fabric you lay on
the ground, which suppresses
weeds, reflects light back up into
your crops and deters slugs at the
same time since they don’t like the
“feel” of the stuff.
Another wizard wheeze is to
spray plants with something
nasty-tasting, such as yucca spray,
but you could always brew your
own extra-strength garlic “tea”.
For plants growing in pots, try
coating the rim with WD40 – some
swear by this. Others recommend
coffee grounds, though not the
decaffeinated kind.
One of the cleverest anti-slug
measures is biological control.
This technique uses nematodes:
microscopic “eelworms” that seek
out and infect slugs. This tactic
costs more than other methods
and must be applied precisely but
you may think it’s worthwhile
when you have valuable
collection of at-risk plants, such
as alpines or your rare perennials,
or you want to keep your salad
patch intact.
There is also now an organically
acceptable alternative to those
ubiquitous little blue pellets:
Growing Success Advanced Slug
Killer, which is used in the same
way, scattered thinly between
plants to be protected, but it
also contains ferric phosphate
that’s harmless to pets, birds and
other wildlife.
No green slug remedy acts as a
“magic bullet” so for good results
I’d suggest using several different
methods simultaneously all round
the garden, repeated regularly.
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ALTHOUGH the fragrance of
newly-mown grass is still a
novelty at the moment, most
noses are looking forward to
summer scents and the big
garden treats now are the
early-summer shrubs.
Because of their hefty
orange-blossom zing, mock
oranges (philadelphus) are
many people’s first choice and
there are several varieties.
When you have the space go
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whose white flowers are only
single but the faint reddish
staining inside adds extra detail
and the perfume is incredibly
powerful. When you need
something more compact the
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Manteau d’Hermine has a
powerful perfume but it grows
only 3ft tall and 5ft wide – you’d
even manage it in a tub.
The classic early-summer
scent is lilac and a few stems
look stunning in a vase indoors.
But be warned, the plants take
up a lot of room and bloom for
only three weeks. And if
flowering happens to coincide
with a spell of bad weather the
effect is ruined – and there’s no
second chance till next year.
If you do take the risk I’d
plump for deep purplish Charles
Joly (an upright plant) or the
more spreading white-with-a
hint-of-lemon Madame Lemoine.
Otherwise cheat and grow the
more compact species. Syringa
microphylla, which has looser
heads of pinky-mauve flowers
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scent and at 5ft fits modern
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Any of these will be heavenscent till the roses take over.
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Travel
Daily Express Saturday May 19 2018
Edited by Jane Memmler
The merry life of Windsor
Dominating the skyline with a thriving
town full of shops, hotels and an
18th-century theatre wrapped around
it, Windsor Castle feels more up close
and personal than other royal
residences.
You can be sitting enjoying a cuppa
at Clairmont’s cafe on High Street
while the royal guards parade by just
a few feet away.
At almost 1,000 years old, Windsor
is the oldest inhabited castle in the
world – 40 monarchs have called it
home – and it’s no secret that it’s Her
Majesty the Queen’s favourite.
Since Prince Philip’s retirement it’s
been much more than just a weekend
retreat and the Queen has often
been seen horse-riding in the
grounds and along The Long
Walk, the imposing ceremonial
route from the castle into
Windsor Great Park.
Follow in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s tracks
and tour it in a
horse-drawn
The eyes of the world may be on this part of the
world as Harry and Meghan marry there today but
the town is a treat any day, says DEBRA ASPINALL
Picture: DOUGLAS HARDING, DEANS AND CANONS OF WINDSOR
CASTLE ON THE HILL
carriage with Windsor Carriages
(windsorcarriages.co.uk).
BEYOND THE WALL
Pretty much the whole of the castle
– except for Her Majesty’s private
rooms and staff cottages – are
accessible. Wander through the
splendid State Apartments, furnished
with treasures from the Royal
Collection, while discovering the rich
history of this magnificent building.
Meanwhile, strictly off-limits is the
Royal Family’s very comfortable
private suite that overlooks the
grounds of St George’s School,
founded in 1348 to educate the
choristers of St George’s Chapel,
where Harry and Meghan will marry
today.
It’s still a prep school and the Queen
has revealed she enjoys watching the
cricket matches from her sitting room.
EXCHANGING VOWS
WEDDING VENUE:
Prince Harry will
marry Meghan
in St George’s
St George’s Chapel is within the walls
of the castle and is one of the most
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The extensive Great Park, at the end
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most pampered land in the country.
The Duke of Edinburgh acts as
ranger of Windsor Great Park, which
is part of the Crown Estate, and in
2001 he had the bright idea of
opening Windsor Farm Shop, which
sells goods from the Royal Estates
and other small local suppliers.
It has been a great success,
selling royal meat and game as well
as local cheeses, chocolates and
beers brewed at the Windsor & Eton
Brewery.
SIP A PINT
Windsor is full of cosy pubs and one
of the best is the Duchess of
Cambridge – the first pub in the land
to be renamed after Catherine
Middleton when she married Prince
William in 2011 – with open fires and
a handmade copper bar.
It serves hearty grub – try the
cauliflower cheese tart with a
sunblushed tomato chutney. The
pub is a stone’s throw from the
castle and Windsor Royal Shopping
Centre, originally a Victorian railway
station – you can still see the
cobbled stones and Queen Victoria’s
waiting room – and now home to 40
shops and restaurants.
GUARD OF HONOUR
The Changing of the Guard is one
of the highlights of a visit to Windsor.
Accompanied by jubilant crowds
and a marching band (unless it’s
raining), this age-old tradition takes
place on alternate days but never
Sundays.
It sees some of the five guard
regiments that stay at Victoria
Barracks proceed through the High
Street and into the castle grounds.
ETON MESS
Less than a 10-minute walk away
is the cluster of magnificent Eton
College buildings, founded in 1440
by Henry VI and attended by both
William and Harry.
The princes were known to pop
over to granny’s for afternoon tea on
their days off.
On Friday afternoons you can
take a guided tour of Eton College
(etoncollege.com) and see its
ancient desks and benches that still
bear graffiti by past pupils.
OFF TO THE RACES
The Queen’s affection for Windsor
could have something to do with its
• The services of our experienced and insightful tour
manager throughout
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sharing a twin room, single room available at a supplement, optional insurance extra. Holiday organised by and
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HISTORIC CHARM: Windsor Guildhall, above, and, right, the Royal
Shopping Centre, which was originally a Victorian railway station
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