Abdication, divorces and death: a century of UK royal crises

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The announcement Saturday that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are to give up their titles and stop receiving public funds is only the latest instalment in a royal soap opera that has gripped Britain and the world.

– Love over country –
The 1936 abdication of Edward VIII 326 days into his reign remains the biggest scandal in modern royal history and caused a worldwide sensation.

Britain’s brief king provoked a constitutional crisis when he stepped down in order to marry the twice-divorced US socialite Wallis Simpson.

The union was deemed impossible while Edward was monarch and head of the Church of England, which at the time refused to remarry divorcees while their former spouse was still alive.

Edward was the first monarch in the 1,000-year history of the British Crown to give up his throne of his own free will.

His brother King George VI replaced him on the throne, and Edward — who married Simpson in 1937 — was subsequently ostracised by the rest of the Windsor family until the late 1960s.

He died in 1972.

– Margaret’s heartbreak –
Queen Elizabeth II’s fun-loving younger sister, Princess Margaret, also sparked a firestorm with her choice for marriage.

In 1952, the then-22-year-old began a romance with her late father’s divorced equerry, former Royal Air Force officer Peter Townsend.

The couple’s wish to marry prompted a battle between the government and the public — which was seen to be sympathetic to the union — with the queen caught in the middle.

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Margaret was eventually persuaded to abandon the relationship, under the threat of losing her royal position, and instead married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960.

They divorced in 1978.

– A horrible year –
The queen memorably described 1992 as an “annus horribilis” after three of her children’s marriages crumbled.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles’ split from Princess Diana after 11 years of marriage caused a media sensation.

The princess then rocked the monarchy by leaking shocking details of palace life to author Andrew Morton for his 1992 book “Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words”.

Around the same time the queen’s second son Prince Andrew separated from wife Sarah Ferguson, whom he had married six years earlier.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne, the reigning monarch’s only daughter, finalised her divorce from first husband Mark Phillips following their separation in 1989.

– Diana’s death –
The popular princess died in a high-speed car crash in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

For the next week leading up to her spectacular funeral, Britain was plunged into an unprecedented outpouring of grief which shook the monarchy.

Anger had soon mounted at the silence of senior royals holed up in Balmoral in Scotland, where the queen, Diana’s ex-husband Charles, and their two children, William, 15, and Harry, 12, were holidaying over the summer.

Newspapers, furious that the Union Jack flag was not flying at half-mast over Buckingham Palace, called on the queen to address her subjects.

Within days she had paid homage to her former daughter-in-law in a televised speech for only the second time in her reign. She also publicly bowed before Diana’s coffin.

– Prince Andrew scandal –
Prince Andrew has been dogged by allegations he had sex with one of the then-teenage victims of deceased US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The prince often referred to as the queen’s “favourite son”, attempted to clear his name in a BBC interview in November but it backfired spectacularly.

He looked stiff and unapologetic in a performance that one public relations consultant said was akin to “watching a man in quicksand”.

The prince promptly promised to “step back from public duties” a few days later but remains under pressure to cooperate with United States authorities still investigating the Epstein case.

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DG wades into ‘NYSC, Anglican church property’ rift

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The face-off between the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Anambra state and the Anglican Diocese on property ownership has been resolved following intervention of the Director General of the scheme, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim.

The State Coordinator, Kehinde Aremu disclosed this on Monday while fielding questions from newsmen at the swearing ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘C’ stream 2 corps members at the Umuawulu/Mbaukwu permanent orientation camp.

The NYSC and the church had been at loggerhead over the ownership of property at the Progressive Secondary School, Umunya, owned by the church but served as a temporary camp until its relocation last October.

The scheme, ahead of its relocation, had requested for the release of the property, including 1,000 units of mattresses, 600 units of double bunk beds, assorted furniture items, 12 water tanks, kitchen utensils, large changeover switch, among other items.

But the church, through its supervisory priest, Rev. Canon Marcel Emeh, reportedly insisted the bishop must give directive before the property could be moved.

But the State coordinator, at the event Monday, said the lingering matter had been resolved following the meeting of the Director General with the Bishop of the Diocese during his visit to the state.

“You know our DG was here in camp on Sunday. He met with the church leadership and the matter was amicably resolved.

“As a peace loving man, our DG said we should leave the property for them. We’ve resolved to make do with what we have and buy more if need be.” he said.

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Aremu disclosed that a total of 1051 prospective corps members, including 482 males and 569 females were registered in the camp, adding that they had displayed uncommon sense of patriotism and discipline to authorities.

Earlier, the State governor, Willie Obiano assured his administration’s continued support to the NYSC including making life comfortable for the corps members and staff of the Scheme.

Obiano, represented by the head of Service, Harry Uduh, announced the donation of N10millon for augmentation of the camp feeding for the corps members.

He also expressed confidence that the conducive atmosphere provided in the new camp would offer the corps members the desired motivation to equip themselves for the execution of the 3-weeks exercise.

“You are the first batch to use this Ultra-modern permanent orientation camp. This makes your group a unique one. I charge you to use the facilities judiciously,” he added.

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Prince Harry Cried For The Sweetest Reason Tuesday Night

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Prince Harry wore his emotions on his sleeve Tuesday night during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s appearance at the annual WellChild Awards in London. 

The royal dad gave a speech at the awards, which pay tribute to sick children as well as their caregivers, and spoke about knowing he and Meghan were secretly pregnant at the same awards last year, prior to making the announcement public. 

“Last year, when my wife and I attended, we knew we were expecting our first child,” Harry said as his voice slightly started to break.

“No one else did at the time, but we did. And I remember…” the prince started to say, before he got emotional and stepped away from the mic. As fellow presenter Gaby Roslin reached out to comfort the duke, the crowd began clapping as he collected himself. 

Prince Harry reacts next to television presenter Gaby Roslin as he delivers a speech during the WellChild Awards Ceremony reception in London on Oct. 15. 

“I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day,” he said, after beginning his speech again. “And more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time.” 

“And now ― as parents ― being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own,” he said. 

Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May. 

At the awards on Tuesday night, the two confirmed that their little one indeed has red hair, just like dad, during a conversation with Angela Sunderland and her daughter Milly, 11, at the awards. 

“Meghan said he has and Harry said he definitely [has], you can see it in his eyebrows,” the mother said, according to the Mirror.

“Harry said he’d had no hair for five months, but Meghan told him she had taken him to the playgroup and she said there were other children there with the same amount of hair or even less,” she added.

We’ll have to keep an eye(brow) out. 

Little Archie visits the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 25.

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Mental health website struggles after royal advert

A mental health website has struggled to cope with demand after a promotional video voiced by the dukes and duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex aired on TV. The film screened on Sky, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and MTV on Monday evening.

Since then the Every Mind Matters website has been intermittently showing the message: “Something went wrong. Please refresh or try again later.”

Public Health England said it was looking into the crash but thought it could be due to a surge in traffic.

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The three-minute film is intended to promote Every Mind Matters, an initiative by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS, to help people look after their mental health and support others.

The film is narrated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who in May launched a text messaging service for people experiencing a mental health crisis through their royal foundation.

In the film, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Rankin, Prince William begins: “Everyone knows that feeling, when life gets on top of us.

“All over the country, millions of us face challenges to our mental health – at all ages – at all intensities, and for all sorts of reasons.

“We feel stressed, low, anxious, or have trouble sleeping. Me, you…”

Prince Harry continues: “Your brother, your mother, your colleague, or your neighbour. Waiting, wondering, hoping, hurting.

“We think there’s nothing to be done. Nothing we can do about it.”

Meghan then says: “But that’s so wrong. There are things we can do. From today, there’s a new way to help turn things around. Every Mind Matters will show you simple ways to look after your mental health.”

BBC Catherine continues: “It’ll get you started with a free online plan designed to help you deal with stress, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control.”

The royals are joined by other celebrities and public figures whose lives have been affected by poor mental health.

They include the actresses Gillian Anderson and Glenn Close, singer Professor Green, former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, television presenter Davina McCall, and Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain.

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Transfer deadline day: Whatsapp messages, spinning plates and a ‘Catch-22’

Deadline day: Whatsapp messages

(CNN)It’s the day the dollars are splashed, headlines are made nerves are frayed, and football fans flock to their club’s stadium to surround television reporters in the desperate bid to catch a glimpse of a new superstar signing.

Driven by rolling news channels, an insatiable appetite for transfer rumors, deadline day itself has arguably become one of the most entertaining days in the football calendar.
In England, the world’s richest league, the transfer window for Premier League clubs closes at 5 p.m (12 p.m. ET) on Thursday August 8.
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    As the clock ticked down on Thursday the likes of Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho are both being linked with a move to Tottenham, while Christian Eriksen is reportedly seeking a transfer away from the north London club with Spain his favored destination.
    Then there’s Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, reportedly destined for a new adventure with Italian giant Inter Milan. And don’t forget Brazilian superstar Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid whose futures remain uncertain with their respective clubs.
    Rumor and speculation are rife, social media goes into meltdown and fans go through an emotional rollercoaster right up until the deadline, and sometimes hours after, as the final paperwork filters through.
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    Clubs in England’s top division have spent just over £1 billion ($1.2 billion) so far this summer, fractionally down on last year’s total of £1.2 billion ($1.46 billion), and £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) in 2017.
    Several Premier League sides such as Arsenal and Manchester City have smashed their own transfer records, while newcomers Sheffield United have done similarly on four separate occasions since winning promotion to the Premier League.
    Aston Villa, which is back in the top-flight after winning the Championship playoff final, has reportedly spent over £130 million already ($158m).
    And then there’s Manchester United, which broke the world record paid for a defender when it splashed out $97 million for Leicester’s Harry Maguire just this week.
    But while the cash is being thrown around and the dramatic rhetoric surrounding deadline day grows ever more frenzied the reality behind the scenes is slightly more prosaic, according to David Seligman, a UK sports lawyer at Brandsmiths.
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    “It appears it has been left late, but it hasn’t been left late,” Seligman told CNN Sport when asked about all those apparent last-minute deals.
    “Deals that happen on deadline day can be months in the making — it’s just that the deadline forces the parties to ultimately reach a compromise whether it’s on wages, the transfer fee or an agent’s commission.
    “It might appear to the media that it has been done overnight but the player would have been tracked for a long time and they’ve possibly been speaking for a while.
    “Usually a player’s personal terms are agreed with the club way before deadline day. The last thing that is agreed, which should probably be the first thing agreed in practice, is the amount the player is going to get sold for.”
    Deadline day: Whatsapp messages
    According to Seligman, in some cases the player’s agent will already have advised a potential buying club of his client’s salary and bonus terms as well as the potential asking price.
    “There’s no point in having a negotiation with a selling club if they haven’t agreed personal terms with the player or terms with the agent.
    “The ballpark salary and commission are generally agreed before clubs enter into protracted negotiations regarding transfer fees otherwise you’d wasting your time.”
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    While TV channels, live blogs and social media go into overdrive on deadline day, the reality behind the curtain can be just as stressful for those involved.
    Phil Korklin, soccer agent and co-owner of UK-based Momentum Sports Management says it can be frantic with phones buzzing and Whatsapp messages flooding in.
    “If you have deals on the go it can be hugely frantic, especially waiting for a club to give a player permission to travel for a medical,” Korklin told CNN.
    “Then there’s the domino effect where a club is waiting to sign a player in order to let your player go. It’s just like a house chain but with a deadline.
    “If one deal falls through, the whole chain falls apart and there can be a lot of unhappy players and clubs left in the lurch. So it all needs to be handled very carefully indeed, spinning lots of plates all at once.”
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    That deadline is almost upon England’s top division but other European leagues have a while longer to spend their millions.
    Spanish, French and German clubs can buy until September 2 meaning some Premier League teams may be reluctant to let players go without being able to replace them.
    Given Europe’s longer purchasing period, English clubs face a period of uncertainty after its own window closes with overtures for its star players from the continent’s biggest clubs a potential menace.
    Sports lawyer Daniel Geey, author of “Done Deal: An Insider’s Guide to Football Contracts, Million-Pound Transfers and Premier League Big Business,” believes Premier League clubs could be left in a “Catch-22” by the early closure of the transfer window.
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    “There are at least a couple of situations where you take Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba, who look like they are wanted by foreign teams,” Geey told CNN.
    “It means their current clubs have a predicament which is whether they need to try and get a replacement in advance of the window closing because of the subsequent risk of them leaving.
    “Reactively or proactively, this puts English clubs on a difficult footing. For English clubs, there is an advantage if in the medium term the push is then for European leagues to align.
    “Ultimately, what has been the play from Premier League clubs previously is that they want all their business done by the time the season starts.
      “Until that alignment happens, European clubs are potentially going to have a destabilizing effect on potential squad members because European windows are open.
      “It’s a Catch-22. Clubs will be thinking whether they need to replace someone before the end of the window where a continental club can wait until the end of the month to force the issue.”

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