Sussexes call claims broadcast by BBC about Lilibet name ‘defamatory’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have accused the BBC of libel after the corporation claimed the Queen was not asked by the couple about naming their daughter Lilibet.
In an extraordinary escalation of the briefing war between Buckingham Palace and Harry and Meghan, the couple instructed lawyers to tell media organisations the BBC’s story was “false and defamatory”.
Shortly after 8am – 1am in California, where the couple live – media organisations were sent a letter by the Sussexes’ London solicitors warning them not to repeat the allegation.
Read how the BBC and Sussexes are giving different accounts of the events.
Biden to warn PM not to ‘imperil’ NI peace process
The EU’s patience with the UK “is wearing very, very thin”, a Brussels chief has said today, as he ratcheted up the threats of legal action and other retaliation. Three-hour talks in London this morning, aimed at resolving the post-Brexit trade disruption between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ended in deadlock with both sides expressing frustration at the lack of progress. As the European Commission’s vice president Maros Sefcovic threatened legal action, Brexit minister Lord Frost attacked the EU’s “extremely purist” approach.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is due to land in the UK this evening ahead of the G7 summit. He will warn Boris Johnson not to “imperil” Northern Ireland’s peace process, with his national security adviser appearing to side with Brussels as the President boarded Air Force One. As Mr Biden left Washington, he also gave a warning to China and Russia. Here are five things that will be on the President’s agenda during the G7 summit.
Slim Jong-un: North Korean leader’s ‘weight loss’
New images suggesting Kim Jong-un has recently lost weight have sparked fresh speculation about the health of the autocratic leader who retains an iron grip over nuclear-capable North Korea. Kim, whose hefty physique has long prompted debate about chronic diseases that could impair his ability to lead, was a slimmer version of himself in state media footage and photos released this week. Watch a video showing that his signature dark buttoned suit is visibly baggier than usual.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
Covid antibodies | Around eight in 10 adults in most parts of the UK are now likely to have Covid-19 antibodies, new figures suggest, amid the continued success of the vaccination rollout. Read on for details of the estimates for levels of protection across each of the home nations.
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Around the world: Man who slapped Macron pictured
French police reportedly found weapons and a copy of Hitler’s infamous book Mein Kampf when they searched the homes of two men arrested after French president Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday. The slapper has been identified as Damien Tarel, 28, a medieval history fan with links to the royalist far-Right who teaches European martial arts, according to social media posts. See him in costume.
Paul Gascoigne’s Euro 96: joy, despair and a dentist’s chair
Friends, former team-mates and rivals remember the mad brilliance of the months in which Paul Gascoigne ruled Europe
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Comment and analysis
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Lady Nourse interview | ‘The stain of these allegations will last for the rest of my life’
Inside Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark | The Broadway bomb that almost killed its cast
Business and money briefing
High street woes | Hundreds of jobs are at risk after Gap moved to close 19 stores in Britain as the fashion retailer retreats from Europe.
‘Big six’ fined | The six rebel clubs who conspired to join the European Super League have agreed to pay the Premier League a combined fine of just over £20m. Read the heavy penalties if they join another breakaway.
Three things for tonight
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
SUV or conventional estate? | SUVs are all the rage these days but buyers could be overlooking the best car to suit their needs. Alex Robbins examines which type makes the best family car.