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The Telegraph Frontpage for Tuesday 2023 January 10

Duke of Sussex
Sam Hall By Sam Hall
Good evening.

The Duke of Sussex’s stateside publicity tour has made more waves this side of the Atlantic, as he expressed concern for “young kids” in the Royal family. We have all the fallout from Prince Harry’s latest interview.

Queen ‘knew what was going on’

Harry’s latest interview has led to more royal revelations, as he suggested that the late Queen’s hands were tied when it came to helping him and his wife. Harry told Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan that his grandmother had never told him she was angry with him for wanting to change his royal role. He said he thought she was “sad” it had reached that point but was powerless to do anything, likely believing that senior palace aides called the shots. “I had many, many conversations with her both in the UK over the years and in the run-up to the point of this change, so it was never a surprise to anybody, least of all her,” he said. He added: “She knew what was going on. She knew how hard it was. I don’t know whether she was in a position to be able to change it.” Here are ten things we have learnt from Harry’s interviews.

Harry’s latest interviewer was former pro American footballer Michael Strahan. Harry initially went for Tom Bradby and Anderson Cooper, who interviewed him for ITV and CBS, the American broadcaster, respectively. But what is behind his latest choice? Ed Cumming writes that perhaps it’s a shared love of philanthropy – or an interest in home design: Strahan organised a multi-million-dollar restoration of a 1906 New Jersey mansion and invited the public in for a month-long fundraiser in aid of children’s charities.

‘Concern for young royals’

In the interview, Harry also expressed concern for the “young kids” within the Royal family, saying he hoped his efforts to reform the monarchy would help them. He said that if nothing changed their future partners might be treated the same as Meghan. Asked about the Royal family’s perceived “co-dependency” with the tabloid media, he said: “I worry about other young kids within that family if this continues.” Our royal correspondent Victoria Ward writes that the comment suggests his aim is to change the royal model for future “spares” such as Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis.

Camilla was ‘dangerous’

In a separate interview in the states, Harry accused his stepmother Camilla of leaving “bodies in the street” in her determination to become Queen Consort. Harry told Anderson Cooper for the CBS show, 60 Minutes, that Camilla was “dangerous” because of her need to rehabilitate her image after being portrayed as “the villain” in his parents’ divorce. Simon Heffer writes that Harry is oblivious to the fact his stepmother is held in higher regard than him and his attacks on her character will not be forgiven.


Strikes | The Royal College of Nursing said Monday’s strike talks with the Government were “bitterly disappointing” as it accused ministers of “intransigence”. Joanne Galbraith-Marten, director of employment relations and legal services at the RCN, said there was “no resolution to our dispute yet in sight” following a meeting with Health Secretary Steve Barclay. Talks relating to other strike areas also failed to deliver a breakthrough, with ambulance workers still on course to walkout on January 11 and 23. Meanwhile, the head of one of the UK’s largest teaching unions warned that a one-off payment to teachers would be unlikely to avert strike action.

Virgin Orbit
Danny Boyle By Danny Boyle
Newquay, we have a problem. An attempt to make British space history has ended in failure after suffering an “anomaly” during the flight. Our science editor reports from the launch – plus, we have our review of Prince Harry’s book that was released at midnight.

Historic UK rocket mission fails after ‘anomaly’

It started out so well, but Britain’s first satellite launch ended in failure last night when the LauncherOne rocket did not reach the correct orbit. Shortly before midnight, Virgin Orbit announced there had been an “anomaly” which meant the rocket containing nine satellites was heading back down to Earth. The rocket was expected to burn up on re-entry, destroying all the satellites on board. The evening had started out successfully with LauncherOne taking off strapped to a repurposed Boeing 747 nicknamed Cosmic Girl from Newquay airport. As science editor Sarah Knapton writes from Spaceport Cornwall, the champagne had already been popped when the failure was announced. And Chris Price reports how Virgin Orbit shares have tanked by around a third.
Commenting after the initial lift off, Richard Branson said: “Like the song says once we start it up we’ll never stop.”

But within less than two hours, the mission ground to a halt, when the rocket failed to reach the orbit needed to deploy its cargo of nine satellites.

Britain willing to send battle tanks to Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelensky has spent months begging for Western-made tanks, air defence systems and fighter jets to press home Ukraine‘s hard won advantages in the battle for its survival. Now, Britain is considering becoming the first country to send Western tanks to Ukraine, in what would be a major step-up of international support. Defence sources said the UK could supply Challenger II, the British Army’s main battle tank, to encourage other Western allies to follow suit and stop the war. It came as news broke that two British aid workers have gone missing in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and 28-year-old Christopher Parry disappeared last week while helping to evacuate citizens close to the frontline city of Bakhmut.

Palace lawyers request copy of Harry’s interview

After all the hype and leaks, it is officially here: the Duke of Sussex’s memoir, Spare, has gone on sale in the UK. Some bookshops extended their opening hours to cater for the midnight rush, with eager readers queuing for hours to secure their copy. Anita Singh, our arts and entertainment editor, has our three-star review of the book, which she says is at its heart a desperately sad tale of a boy who never recovered from his mother’s loss. The Princess of Wales is cast as one of the villains who forced Harry and Meghan into exile and the way she responds will help to define a year in which she has big plans. Associate editor Gordon Rayner explains what past experience tells us she might do.

It came as the Royal family‘s lawyers asked a US broadcaster to hand over Prince Harry’s latest interview as he expressed concern for royal children and suggested the late Queen was powerless to help. A legal firm acting for Buckingham Palace contacted ABC while Harry’s interview was on air, saying it needed to consider exactly what was said and “the context in which it appears” to have the chance to respond. Royal correspondent Victoria Ward reports on the intervention.

PS: Harry says he has lost a few friends since moving across the pond, but that does not mean seats at the Sussexes’ table are empty. Abigail Buchanan explores who is in his inner circle – and who is out.

Also in the news this Tuesday

Wages stand-off | Hopes of an NHS pay breakthrough have been raised as ministers consider whether an extra boost for three months could end the dispute. Steve Barclay, the Health Secretary, has also agreed to look at making a one-off “cost of living” payment to staff. Health editor Laura Donnelly reports on how the Government’s stance has softened.

Around the world: Rioters thought troops backed coup

As heavily armed soldiers arrived at Brazil‘s congress building, would-be insurrectionists began to cheer, apparently convinced the military had finally decided to back their coup. However, dreams of restoring their strongman leader, Jair Bolsonaro, to the presidency quickly died as they were bombarded with tear gas and rocked by stun grenades. Moments later, Bolsonaro’s desperados were lying face down in the dirt. Euan Marshall has our dispatch from Sao Paulo.
Officials inspect damage caused by radical Jair Bolsonaro supporters.

Officials inspect damage caused by radical Jair Bolsonaro supporters. Credit: Getty

Comment and analysis

Sport briefing: Qatar eyes £1bn Spurs stake

Qatar has signalled potential interest in taking a stake in Tottenham Hotspur after the nation’s most influential sporting chief met Daniel Levy. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris St-Germain, held talks with the executive chairman last week as the nation weighs up post-World Cup investment. Meanwhile, Arsenal set up a blockbuster FA Cup fourth-round clash at Manchester City after eventually seeing off third-tier Oxford with a 3-0 victory last night.

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Business briefing: ‘Threat’ from shrinking workforce

A surge in early retirement and long-term sickness means Britain faces a prolonged period of inflation compared with the rest of the world, the Bank of England’s chief economist has warned. Huw Pill said the UK was facing a “distinctive” combination of challenges that meant the “threat” of persistent price rises may remain. It comes as the number of pensioners paying higher rates of income tax increased by 70pc in the last decade.

Here is a selection of articles we think you’ll be interested in today.
Prince Harry served tequila shots on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show
Middle-aged women warned over dangers of cold water swimming
UK space launch: Historic rocket mission set to blast off from Cornwall
Over-40s who take antibiotics nearly 50pc more likely to develop irritable bowel disease
Virgin Orbit’s ‘Cosmic Girl’ rockets fail to launch UK to the head of the space race
David Lammy’s £200,000 pay from second jobs just ‘part of the political process’, says Keir Starmer
Aeroplane hobbyists putting thousands at risk of cancer thanks to lead-based fuel
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen suspended from House of Commons over lobbying breaches
UK and EU hail Northern Ireland protocol breakthrough
Former Tory minister quits party and backs Sir Keir Starmer to lead Britain

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