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.
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.
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 Wardreports on the intervention.
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.
Aldi has been named as Britain’s cheapest supermarket, with a typical shopping basket costing a third less than at Waitrose.
According to a report by consumer group Which?, a shopping basket of 48 groceries cost an average of £81.63 at Aldi in December, while the equivalent shop in Waitrose cost £112.62 – 38pc more than at Aldi.
Aldi was found to be the cheapest option for the last seven months of the year, while Lidl was calculated to be the cheapest for the first five months. This is the second year in a row Aldi has topped the list. Waitrose was found to be the most expensive supermarket in every month of 2022.
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.
A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world.
We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".
View more posts