Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, accused Britain’s royal family of raising concerns about how dark their son’s skin might be and pushing her to the brink of suicide, in a tell-all television interview that will send shockwaves through the monarchy. The 39-year-old, whose mother is Black and father is white, said that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self harm after pleading for help but getting none.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have finalized their split with Britain’s royal family. Just over a year after the couple first announced they would “step back” from their royal duties, and days after they revealed they were expecting their second child, Buckingham Palace said Friday they would not return as working members of the royal family.
Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has been admitted to a London hospital, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Wednesday. Along with the Queen, Philip received his Covid-19 vaccine last month. The royal couple has been staying at Windsor Castle, a palace around 30 miles west of London, during the pandemic which has pummelled the U.K.
Britain’s coronavirus-ravaged economy suffered its biggest crash in output in more than 300 years in 2020 when it slumped by 9.9 percent, but it avoided heading back towards recession at the end of the year and looks on course for a recovery in 2021. Official figures showed gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.0 percent from October through December, the top of a range of economists’ forecasts in a Reuters poll.
Britain’s media regulator on Thursday revoked a Chinese TV licence after it concluded that the Chinese Communist Party had ultimate editorial responsibility for the channel while Beijing lodged an official complaint over the BBC’s COVID-19 coverage. Britain and China have been exchanging barbs for months over the crackdown in Hong Kong, concerns over the security of Huawei technology and the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China’s remote Xinjiang region.
Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran whose efforts to raise millions for the UK’s National Health Service made him a universally adored icon during the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, has died in hospital after himself contracting the disease, his family said Tuesday. Known affectionately as Captain Tom, Moore raised almost £33 million ($45 million) by walking laps of his garden last year.
A near-yearlong row about the UK’s refusal to grant full diplomatic status of the EU mission to the UK has worsened, with the leak of letters revealing the EU foreign affairs chief has serious concerns about the status being given to EU officials in the UK. The Foreign Office says it would set a precedent by treating an international body in the same way as a nation state.
The Museum of London said Monday that it had added the Trump Baby Blimp, the giant balloon which depicts Donald Trump as a screaming orange baby, to its collection as an illustration of the protests that greeted the U.S. president when he visited the city in 2018. The blimp will become part of the museum’s protest collection.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered England into a new national lockdown to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system before a vaccine program reaches a critical mass. The announcement came just hours after the government hailed Britain’s success in becoming the first country to begin rolling out the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca against COVID-19.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has become the second coronavirus jab to be approved for UK use. It has been given the go-ahead by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The vaccine, codenamed AZD1222 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, was developed at Oxford University with support from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. A first dose of the jab gives around 70% effectiveness from three weeks after immunization until a second dose at 12 weeks.