Tatler magazine says Prince William and Kate’s complaints have ‘no merit’

Tatler magazine has hit back at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s complaints over a recent cover story on the Duchess that sparked outrage from the royal couple.

“We can confirm we have received correspondence from lawyers acting for the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and believe it has no merit,” the magazine said on Monday, according to The Daily Mail.

Last week the society bible published a cover story on the Duchess of Cambridge titled “Catherine the Great,” which quoted sources as saying Kate was feeling exhausted and closed in by an increased workload after Megxit.

Kate was also described as “perilously thin,” comparing her to William’s late mother, Princess Diana.

In an extremely unusual move, William, 37, and Kate, 38, sent letters to the magazine demanding that the profile penned by Anna Pasternak be immediately taken down from the internet, according to The Daily Mail.

After the article was published, Kensington Palace released a forceful statement: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.”

Earlier, Tatler’s editor-in-chief Richard Dennen insisted he “stands behind the reporting.”

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Michelle Obama Says “It’s Up to All of Us” to Root Out Racism: “It Starts with Self-Examination”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has released a statement about the importance of self-examination and rooting out racism following the murder of George Floyd—whose death has prompted nationwide protests against racism and police brutality in America.

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Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us. Artwork: @nikkolas_smith

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She began her post by saying she’s “exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop,” and continued, “Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it.”

“It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out,” Michelle wrote. “It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us.”

Below are actions you can take right now to demand justice and support protesters.

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Tyson Fury says Mike Tyson fighting him or Anthony Joshua would be ‘unfair’ but urges 53-year-old to rematch Holyfield – The Sun

TYSON FURY has backed heavyweight legend Mike Tyson to step inside the ring with rival Evander Holyfield.

Iron Mike is in talks for a sensational return to boxing 15-years after retiring on his illustrious career.

Tyson, 53, has been enduring gruelling training programmes throughout lockdown and looks in terrific shape ahead of an expected charity exhibition bout.

And it is likely to be against old foe Holyfield who has similarly worked his way back to fitness at the age of 57.

Tyson lost against Holyfield on two occasions in his career including being famously disqualified for biting a chunk of his ear in their 1997 rematch.

But with talk of a trilogy of fights, WBC champ Fury says he is "all for it."

Speaking on Instagram, the Gypsy King revealed: "I think everyone do their own thing. If that’s what makes them tick and gives them a goal, then I’m all for it.

“Because I know what it’s like to have no goals, I know what it’s like to be sat on the sidelines watching everybody else.

“I know what it’s like to be a ‘has-been’. I’ve been there.

“I know what it’s like to suffer with mental health problems and then give myself a massive goal to achieve and I know what it’s like to set about achieving it.

If they want to do this, this is their choice, let them do it.

“So if Mike Tyson’s 53-years-old and Evander Holyfield’s nearly 60, if they want to do this, this is their choice, let them do it.

“We could say, ‘Oh no, don’t let them do it, whatever.’ But at the end of the day they’re their own men. They know the risks, they know the responsibility.

“I say if they can pass medicals, if they can pass all the brain scans, healthy and fit to box, then let them box.

“George Foreman was 45 when he won the world heavyweight championship, how can we ever consider having an older heavyweight champion if they’re not given the opportunity?”

But Fury, who has a third fight lined up with American rival Deontay Wilder, slammed talk that Tyson could take on either him or Brit champ Anthony Joshua.

He added: "If they fight exhibitions, it’s between them and people their own age.




“I wouldn’t like to see Mike fighting one of the top heavyweights because obviously 55 vs 35 or 30 is just not fair.

“But to see him fight someone his old age, an old-timer as well, fantastic, I’d love to see it.

“If he’s definitely serious about it, I’ll buy it on pay-per-view for sure. There’s one buy right here.”

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Queen’s Brian May says he had emergency surgery following heart attack

Queen rocker Brian May revealed Monday that he is recovering from a recent heart attack after shredding his butt muscle while gardening.

The 72-year-old guitarist detailed his medical nightmare in a seven-and-a-half minute video on social media, joking about the terrible irony of the title of one of Queen’s hit albums.

“Sheer Heart Attack eh?” he wrote of the 1974 breakthrough record. “Well, I think I always worried a little bit about that album title.”

May said his woes started with a “bizarre gardening accident” that left him with a ripped muscle in his buttocks, with his biggest problem at first just being teased about being a “pain in the bum.”

But he soon sought further testing after being left in “real agony,” saying, “I wanted to jump at some points. I could not believe the pain.”

“In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside – I had a small heart attack,” he revealed, adding that he experienced “40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness.”

“I turned out to have three arteries that were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart,” May said after getting an angiogram.

He said he was pressured into getting open-heart surgery but instead opted to have three stents put in.

“When I came round it was as if nothing had happened. I couldn’t feel that they’d been in here — I couldn’t feel anything. And I still can’t.

“I walked out with a heart that is very strong now. So I think I’m in good shape for some time to come,” he said.

He advised all his followers in their “autumn years” to get angiograms because “what seems to be a very healthy heart may not be.”

“I was actually very near death because of this, but the pain that I had was from something very different. It’s funny how things work,” May said. “But I’m good. I’m here. And I’m ready to rock.”

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Scientist says coronavirus 'uniquely adapted to infect humans' and Wuhan lab must be probed over claims it leaked virus

A WORRYING scientific report claims coronavirus is "uniquely adapted to infect humans" raising fears it may have been made in a Chinese lab.

A team of top researchers have now said those looking into the origins of the outbreak should probe the possibility it "leaked" from a science hub in the city of Wuhan.

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Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, who headed the Australian team, said the virus was not typical of a normal animal-to-human infection as it had the "exceptional" ability to enter our bodies immediately.

And the expert said the "remote" possibility it may have somehow escaped from a testing lab could not be ruled out.

Petrovsky, a professor of medicine at Flinders University in Adelaide, runs a research unit which will start human trials for a vaccine next month.

He told The Mail on Sunday when a new virus crosses over from animals to humans it normally strengthens as it adapts to its new host.

However, for reasons which cannot yet be explained, the new coronavirus seems perfectly adapted to infect humans.


The Professor said the most closely related known viruses were studied at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

"The implications may not be good for scientists or global politics, but just because the answers might cause problems, we can’t run away from them,’ he said.

"There is currently no evidence of a leak but enough circumstantial data to concern us. It remains a possibility until it is ruled out."

And he said the lab should not be overlooked in the ongoing search for the origins of the outbreak.

He added: "This is either a remarkable coincidence or a sign of human intervention. It is possible the virus was a fluke event and it turns out humans were the perfect host."

Richard Ebright, a top biosecurity expert, told the Mail on Sunday the odds of coronavirus naturally containing such unusual features were "possible – but improbable."


The claims will spark fears the deadly virus was manufactured in a laboratory in order to penetrate human cells.

Today's reports come after it was claimed analysis of mobile phone data showed the Wuhan lab shut down in October.

US and UK intelligence agencies were said to be examining the report, which adds weight to the theory the coronavirus accidentally escaped from the lab after jumping from bats to humans.

The data report, obtained by the NBC News in London, said there was no phone activity in a high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from October 7 to October 24, 2019.

It indicates that there may have been a “hazardous event” sometime between October 6 and October 11.

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It offers no direct evidence of a shutdown, or any proof for the theory that the virus emerged accidentally from the lab.

If there was such a shutdown, it could be seen as evidence alluded to by Trump administration officials that the novel coronavirus spread from bats to humans at the lab.

However, the Wuhan lab  lied about taking safety precautions when collecting bat samples, The Sun revealed

Shocking leaked photos – which reveal a scandalous lack of safety – were deleted from the website of under-fire science hub.

US and British intelligence officials suspect bungling scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology accidentally spread the killer disease during risky coronavirus tests on bats.

It was claimed that Covid-19 was "developed in the Wuhan lab as China hoped to prove it's greater than the US at battling deadly diseases".

However, many scientists are sceptical of the lab links, arguing that the more likely explanation is that the virus was transmitted to humans through animals in a Wuhan live produce market.

And the World Health Organisation has said it believes the “wet” market played a role in the spread of the disease.

China has also denied claim the virus originated in the lab and has hit out at the US for spreading what it calls false news.

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Prince William says fatherhood brought back grief of Princess Diana’s death

Prince William admits having children was one of his life’s “scariest” moments because it dredged up the grief of losing his mother, Princess Diana, when he was only 15.

William, now 37, makes the acknowledgment in a documentary on football and mental health, set for release Thursday.

The prince describes how Diana’s death in a 1997 car crash in Paris was “traumatic” for him and how being a father had sometimes been “overwhelming” as the memories came flooding back, the Times of London reported.

“Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is,” he said “I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life . . . my mother dying when I was younger, the emotions come back, in leaps and bounds.”

William sees fatherhood as “a very different phase of life — there’s no one there to help you, and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming. Emotionally, things come out of the blue that you don’t ever expect or that maybe you think you’ve dealt with,” according to the Times.

He tells his three children — Prince George, 6; Princess Charlotte, 5; and 2-year-old Prince Louis — “constantly” about Diana.

“It’s important that they know who she was and that she existed,” he said.

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Phillip Schofield says 'talking saved me' after coming out as gay

Phillip Schofield has said talking ‘saved’ him, three months after coming out as gay.

The 58-year-old confirmed back in February that after 27 years of marriage to wife Steph, he has come to terms with the fact that he is gay.

And he gave insight to the inner turmoil he suffered, by sharing a fundraiser for a young man who took his own life.

Schofield shared a GoFundMe set up in memory of Morgan Mcglynn, to raise money for Guernsey Mind in an effort to prevent male suicide. 

The page read: ‘Morgan was a very troubled soul and even through he was surrounded by a loving caring family and many caring and devoted friends this wasn’t enough for him to open up.

‘Tragically Morgan took his own life in the early hours of Sunday morning  17th May 2020.

‘We are heartbroken at his loss and have started this fundraising page in the small hope that we can prevent others suffering as we are losing someone they love as we love Morgan so much. Our hearts are breaking.

Phillip tweeted the link and wrote: ‘Another heartbreaking story. There is strength in talking. Please don’t try to fight your head on your own. Talking saved me #bekind #talk.’

The This Morning host previously spoke about having dark thoughts when coming to terms with his sexuality.

He told The Sun: ‘There is no question, in those moments, when I couldn’t see a way forward, it was Steph and my girls — through their strength — who hauled me back.

‘But I understand completely why so many men and women in this country get to the point of suicide.

‘I had Steph and I had my girls and I don’t think I could have left them like that. But if I hadn’t have had their support, then who knows?’

And in his statement, which was shared on social media before being read out on This Morning by Holly Willoughby, Phil said: ‘You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing – and so you won’t know what has been consuming me for the last few years. With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.

‘This is something that has caused many heartbreaking conversations at home. I have been married to Steph for nearly 27 years, and we have two beautiful grown-up daughters, Molly and Ruby. 

‘My family have held me so close: they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusion. Yet I still can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.’

Since then, he has starred in an emotional mental health campaign urging Britain to ‘get talking’, alongside stars including Ant and Dec, Gordon Ramsay, David Walliams, Holly Willoughby, will.i.am, Lorraine Kelly, Laura Whitmore, Iain Stirling and Harry Redknapp.

Phil recently denied that he has moved out of his family home, as he spends lockdown with Steph, Molly, Ruby and Ruby’s boyfriend in Oxfordshire. 

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NYC landlord says 80% of retail tenants SKIPPED April and May rent as some choose not to pay amid coronavirus lockdown – The Sun

A NEW York City landlord has said that 80 percent of retail tenants skipped their April and May rent payments amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents are also leaving their apartments and breaking leases during the crisis – with most young people returning to their parents' houses.

During an earning call with Vornado Realty Trust, one of the city’s biggest commercial landlords, Chief Executive Steven Roth said that roughly 80 percent of its retail tenants did not pay rent at the beginning of April and May, the New York Times reported.

However, among the company's office tenants, roughly 60 percent were able to pay their rent, Roth confirmed.

And by the end of April, 90 percent of its office rent had been paid.

The decisions made by both residents and businesses can cause a knock-on effect for landlords, who will struggle to pay their tax bills on July 1.

This will result in an overall loss of tax revenues for the city and the state.

In April, the Empire State collected $78.5million in tax revenue on the sale of commercial and residential properties.

However, just one month prior the state collected $217.5million, according to a report by the Real Estate Board of New York, or REBNY, a trade group.

"This dramatic loss in tax revenue is alarming," said REBNY president James Whelan in a statement.

"The real estate sector is the city’s economic engine.

"The pandemic has caused that engine to stall and we should expect such alarming trends to carry through May and June in the best-case scenario."

Jay Martin, Executive Director for the Community Housing Improvement Project, told Real Estate Weekly: "There are hundreds of buildings in New York City operating at a loss because of COVID-19, and many of them will not be able to survive another month without help.

"If officials do not immediately target relief to lower-income renters and small owners who have mounting monthly expenses, they will not be able to reverse the damage this crisis will have on our city."

He continued: "Unless the federal government steps in to help renters and owners in a big way, we are going to see a housing disaster the likes of which we have never seen.

"Congress must provide financial aid directly to renters and the state must match that with property tax relief for owners or in weeks, not months, we will see buildings going under."

The Times reported that only 1,660 residential properties were sold in April – which is half of the sales from this time last year.

However, sales are expected to remain stagnant as real estate brokers are not allowed to show homes in person to potential buyers until the coronavirus lockdown is over.

Many New Yorkers have been protesting rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, protesters from Housing Justice for All in New York showed up to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Albany mansion and posted a banner on his fence that read "Cancel Rent," Refinery29 reported.

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George Soros says coronavirus may spell the end of the EU

George Soros says coronavirus may spell the end of the EU and Brussels may have to directly tax citizens

  • George Soros believes perpetual bonds could keep EU afloat during pandemic
  • Perpetual bonds are bonds that can’t be redeemed but provide regular payments
  • To fund these bonds, EU may need to directly tax citizens of its member states
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Billionaire financier George Soros said the European Union could be forced to directly tax its citizens as the bloc faces collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc across the continent and stalled swathes of the global economy with governments forced to ramp up borrowing to levels not seen in peacetime history.

Mr Soros, 89, believes perpetual bonds – bonds that cannot be redeemed but provide continuous interest payments to investors – could keep the EU afloat.

But to fund these bonds, the EU may need to directly tax the citizens of its member states.

Billionaire financier George Soros (pictured) said the European Union could be forced to directly tax its citizens as the bloc faces collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic 

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc across the continent with Italy one of the worst hit countries (a Naples street being disinfected by army officials)

In a transcript of a question-and-answer session emailed to reporters, Mr Soros said the damage to the euro zone economy from the new coronavirus would last ‘longer than most people think’.

He added that the rapid evolution of the virus meant that a reliable vaccine would be hard to develop. 

In a transcript of a question-and-answer session emailed to reporters, Mr Soros (pictured) said the damage to the euro zone economy from the new coronavirus would last ‘longer than most people think’

The hedge-fund veteran and chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC said perpetual bonds – used by the British to finance wars against Napoleon – would allow the European Union to survive.

‘If the EU is unable to consider it now, it may not be able to survive the challenges it currently confronts,’ Soros said.

‘This is not a theoretical possibility; it may be the tragic reality.’

Soros, who earned fame by betting against the pound in 1992, said that with major countries such as Germany selling bonds with a negative yield, perpetual bonds would ease a looming budget crunch across the bloc.

He said the EU would have to maintain its ‘AAA’ credit rating to issue such debt – and thus have to have tax-raising powers to cover the cost of the bonds – so suggested it could simply authorise the taxes rather than imposing them.

‘There is a solution,’ said Soros. ‘The taxes only have to be authorized; they don’t need to be implemented.’

Asked about Brexit, Soros said he was particularly worried about Italy: ‘What would be left of Europe without Italy?’ 

Asked about Brexit, Soros said he was particularly worried about Italy: ‘What would be left of Europe without Italy?’ Pictured: A visitor wearing a protective mask is pictured inside Galleria Borghese after it reopened to the public with social distancing and hygiene measures in place

‘The relaxation of state aid rules, which favour Germany, has been particularly unfair to Italy, which was already the sick man of Europe and then the hardest hit by COVID-19,’ Soros said.

Soros fled Hungary when the communists consolidated power in 1947. He studied at the London School of Economics. 

His Quantum Fund made huge profits in 1992 betting that sterling was overvalued against the Deutsche Mark, forcing the British to pull the pound out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

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Google says it's pulling its AI tools fossil fuel extraction projects

Google says it will stop providing custom AI and machine learning tools to help fossil fuel companies operate their extraction operations

  • Goole will stop building custom AI tools to help fossil fuel companies 
  • The announcement came in response to a Greenpeace report that criticized the close relationship between cloud service providers and the gas and oil industry
  • Google will honor its current contracts but not start any new AI partnerships

Google has announced it will no longer build custom AI or machine learning tools for oil and gas companies.

The move comes in response to a report from Greenpeace called ‘Oil in the Cloud,’ which identified the tech giant as one of three main tech companies helping fossil fuel companies expand their extraction projects.

While Google still has a number of current contracts it says it will honor, a company spokesperson said that moving forward it will no longer build custom AI or machine learning algorithms ‘to facilitate upstream extraction in the oil and gas industry.’

Google will no longer develop custom AI or machine learning algorithms to help fossil fuel companies with their extraction operations, after being named in a Greenpeace report on the relationship between the tech industry and oil and gas companies

The spokesperson pointed out that the company receives just $65million in annual revenue through Google Cloud from oil and gas companies, less than one percent of the total revenue from cloud services.

Greenpeace was encouraged by Google’s response and called on other major tech companies to follow suit, saying it has already had ‘productive conversations’ with many.

‘We hope Microsoft and Amazon will quickly follow with commitments to end AI partnerships with oil and gas firms, as these contracts contradict their stated climate goals and accelerate the climate crisis,’ Greenpeace’s Elizabeth Jardim told OneZero.

In recent years, Google has initiated a number of new policies to try and make its businesses less environmentally impactful.

In 2018, the company announced it had reached an internal goal of matching 100 percent of its own annual energy usage with renewable energy purchases in the hopes of supporting the industry.

The Greenpeace report also singled out Microsoft and Amazon Web Services for their support of the fossil fuel industry. ‘For us, it’s pretty simple, accelerating oil extraction is not an application tech companies should be using AI for at all,’ Greenpeace’s Elizabeth Jardim said

Google says it will honor all of its existing contracts, but won’t sign any new partnerships to develop AI programs that contribute to oil or gas extraction

Google also emphasized its cloud computing contracts for renewable energy projects with companies like AES Corporation, a Virigina-based electricity firm, Veolia, a French utility company, and Simple Energy, a software company that gives customers breakdowns of their energy usage.

The Greenpeace report singled out Microsoft as the most heavily entangled with fossil fuel companies, specifically pointing to a recent contract with ExxonMobil to help expand its extraction activities in the Permian Basin, which stretches across New Mexico and west Texas.

‘For us, it’s pretty simple,’ Jardim said. ‘Accelerating oil extraction is not an application tech companies should be using AI for at all.’

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