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Princess Eugenie announces birth of second child | UK News

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have announced the birth of their second child.

In an Instagram post, Eugenie, the 11th in line to the throne, confirmed she had given birth to a boy, named Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank.

The baby replaces Prince Edward as the 13th in line to the throne.

“Jack and I wanted to share the news that we had our little boy, Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank on 30th May 2023 at 8.49 weighing 7.1Ibs,” she wrote.

“He is named after his great great great Grandfather George, his Grandpa George and my Grandpa Ronald.

“Augie is loving being a big brother already.”

Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, gave birth to her first child, August Brooksbank, in February 2021.

The princess, 33, shared a picture of Ernest, wearing a knitted blue-and-white hat, asleep in a Moses basket, and one of August tenderly stroking his brother’s head.

Buckingham Palace has said in a statement: “A small announcement we are pleased to share.

“Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their son, Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank. Ernest was born on Tuesday, 30th May, and weighed 7lbs 1oz.

“Her Royal Highness has shared photographs on her Instagram account this afternoon.”

Britain's Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pose in the Picture Gallery after they announced their engagement, at Buckingham Palace, London January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Brady/Pool
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Ernest is the first of Elizabeth II’s great-grandchildren to be born since her death last September.

A heavily pregnant Eugenie, daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, joined the Windsors to witness her uncle Charles’s coronation in Westminster Abbey at the start of May, with Mr Brooksbank seated next to the Duke of Sussex in the third row.

Buckingham Palace has said in a statement: “A small announcement we are pleased to share.

Holly Willoughby’s statement in full as she returns to This Morning for first time since Phillip Schofield’s exit | Ents & Arts News

Holly Willoughby has returned to This Morning for the first time since Phillip Schofield’s departure.

She began the show with the emotional statement delivered straight to camera, while holding hands with co-presenter Josie Gibson.

It comes after Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV last month over an affair with a younger colleague. He insists he “did not” groom the man.

Here is Willoughby’s statement from This Morning in full:

Hi there. Good morning. Josie, thank you for being here. Right, deep breath.

Firstly, are you OK? It feels very strange indeed sitting here without Phil.

And I imagine that you might have been feeling a lot like I have – shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing of people on all sides of what’s been going on, and full of questions.

You, me and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt that they had to resign from ITV, and step down from a career that they loved. That is a lot to process.

And it’s equally hard to see the toll that it’s taken on their own mental health. I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal for the health and wellbeing of everyone.

I hope that, as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other.

And, from my heart, can I just say thank you for all of your kind messages. And thank you for being here this morning.

Myself, Josie (Gibson), Dermot (O’Leary), Alison (Hammond), Craig (Doyle), and every single person that works on this show will continue to work hard every single day to bring you this show that we love.

Kidney disease ‘could become public health emergency’ without more funding, charity warns | UK News

Kidney disease could become a public health emergency without more government funding, a charity has warned.

The illness already costs the UK economy £7bn a year, according to a new report by Kidney Research UK, and that could rise to £13.9bn in the next decade if no action is taken.

That covers the direct cost of treatment to the NHS, as well as money lost by those left unable to work.

The main factor which could drive up costs is an increase in demand for dialysis – a crucial treatment for patients who suffer kidney failure.

More than seven million people live with chronic kidney disease across the country, the charity estimates.

But that figure could rise, with people with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and those who are obese most at risk.

The charity wants the government to commit £50m a year into kidney disease research – way up from the £17.7m its report says was provided in 2021-22.

NHS ‘risks being overwhelmed’

Kidney Research UK said the greater funding could be put towards developing better prevention strategies and treatment options, as well as earlier diagnosis.

Chief executive Sandra Currie said without it, the NHS “risks being overwhelmed with demand”.

“There is no cure for kidney disease, a transplant does not last a lifetime and dialysis patients face hours of gruelling treatment every week, taking them away from loved ones and making it harder to work,” she added.

“We know the only hope for stopping the growth of kidney disease and the increasing burden to the health system, the economy and to patients is better prevention strategies, earlier diagnosis and better treatment options, and yet kidney disease isn’t even included in NHS long-term strategic plans.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said the government is “committed” to improving services for patients living with kidney disease.

“We fund research for all aspects of health, including research into kidney disease, through the National Institute for Health and Care Research,” they added.

Royal Ascot reviews security plans after series of activist protests | UK News

Security plans for Royal Ascot will be reassessed after the Epsom Derby was disrupted by more activists targeting a sporting event.

Sky News understands Ascot chiefs will be “observing and learning” from the track invasion on Saturday at Epsom by animal rights campaigners ahead of their five-day horse racing festival from 20 June.

The meeting starts with the spectacle of the Royal Procession in horse-drawn landaus so it could attract the King and Queen. It was a favourite event attended annually by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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Activists have shown they are undeterred by court injunctions when attempting to sabotage the Derby.

And it’s not just animal welfare groups disrupting sport to ensure their causes and demands are heard.

Just Stop Oil has vowed to continue waging direct action at sporting events in a summer that also sees an Ashes cricket series across England, the Wimbledon tennis championships and Formula One British Grand Prix.

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Protesters being arrested at the Grand National in April

Spokesperson Chloe Naldrett told Sky News: “Under any normal circumstances, this kind of disruption wouldn’t be acceptable. But we’re not in normal circumstances.

“We’ve really got to decide how much worse we’re going to let this [environmental] problem get before we start taking the right action.”

They are demanding the government blocks new oil and gas developments as Labour has reportedly pledged to do if elected to power.

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“We are looking at everything non-violently reasonable – and looking at all kinds of civil resistance – in order to achieve that aim, which is absolutely fundamental to our survival,” Ms Naldrett said.

“We know that these actions are controversial, and that not everybody will agree with us. But we’re not trying to get elected.”

But an events logistics expert with four decades’ experience in the industry warned of a potential backlash by the public.

Stadium Group owner David McAtamney told Sky News: “My concern is the protection of the people that are protesting. If they are very close to large numbers of people who become very angry at their actions then of course we have to protect them as well.”

A Just Stop Oil protestor jumps on the table at the World Snooker Championships
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A Just Stop Oil protestor jumps on the table at the World Snooker Championships

Just Stop Oil demonstrators caused a stoppage at the World Snooker Championships in April by throwing orange powder on the green baize tables.

Mr McAtamney said: “Search lanes have to be more vigilant, to make sure that powder and paint and whatever may be is not coming into these events. So that’s the first point of contact and then hopefully we can stop some of this going on.”

Murder investigation launched in Bournemouth after woman in her 80s found dead | UK News

An elderly man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a woman in her 80s.

A murder investigation has been launched by Dorset Police following the death of a woman at an address in Bournemouth.

Police received a report around 7pm on Saturday raising concern for the welfare of a woman at an address off Wick Lane in the Southbourne suburb of Bournemouth.

Officers attended with the ambulance service but the woman – who police believe was in her 80s – was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family has been informed and officers are providing support to them.

A man in his 80s from Bournemouth – who is known to the victim – has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Inspector Mark Jenkins, of Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the woman who has sadly died.

“We have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

“I am keen to hear from anyone locally who may have information that may assist our enquiries.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days and officers can be approached by any member of the public with information or concerns.”

Woman, 75, killed after collision with car in Glasgow | UK News

A 75-year-old woman has died following a crash involving a pedestrian and a car in Glasgow.

A police appeal for information has been launched following the collision near the junction of Farmington Gardens and Farmington Avenue, at around 6.50pm on Saturday.

Emergency services attended but the female pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for around four hours and reopened at 10.50pm.

Sergeant Chris Hoggans, Glasgow Road Policing, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman who has died.

“Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the crash.

“I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area around this time and may have seen what happened.

“I am also appealing for anyone with relevant dash-cam or CCTV footage to get in touch on 101, quoting incident 3546 of 3 June, 2023.”

King to give up property in Wales amid questions about future of his numerous homes | UK News

The King is giving up his home on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.

He bought Llwynywermod, a farmhouse near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, for £1.2m in 2007 via the Duchy of Cornwall.

When he was Prince of Wales, he used it as a base for his regular visits to the nation – but now the title has been passed to his son Prince William, he will no longer spend much time there.

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A view of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's private residence inside their property in Llwynywermod, near Llandovery, taken from the courtyard
A view of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's private residence inside their property in Llwynywermod, near Llandovery, taken from the courtyard.

The Telegraph quoted royal sources as saying the King remained “passionate” about Wales, but would give up the property because it was “unlikely” he would be able to use it in the same way he had previously.

The old house and the disintegrating concrete and corrugated iron farm buildings were restored by Welsh craftsmen using traditional methods and local materials.

Charles planted climbers including Albertine roses, jasmine and honeysuckle up the walls, and six of the English field maples which formed the avenue of trees at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding were rehomed at the Welsh retreat.

Future of King’s properties uncertain

The Telegraph reported the King and his aides have been looking at the future of his numerous properties.

These include Highgrove, Birkhall, Clarence House, Sandringham and Balmoral, plus official residences such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

It is possible the public may be given more access to some of the properties, so the buildings can pay their way.

Llwynywermod sits on a 192-acre estate and the King has been paying rent on it since the Duchy of Cornwall was passed to Prince William, along with its £23m-a-year income.

The lease expires this summer, but the King reportedly told the Duchy earlier this year he would be giving it up.

A spokesman for the Prince of Wales told The Telegraph he has no plans to establish a home in Wales, preferring to stay in hotels to help the local economy.

Boris Johnson warned he could lose public legal aid for COVID inquiry | Politics News

Boris Johnson has been warned he could lose public funding for legal advice if he tries to “frustrate or undermine” the government’s position on the COVID inquiry.

Cabinet Office lawyers have told the former prime minister that public money would “cease to be available” if he breaks conditions such as releasing evidence without permission, the Sunday Times reported.

Mr Johnson confirmed on Friday he had sent unredacted WhatsApps directly to the COVID inquiry which is being led by the retired judge Baroness Hallett.

This was in opposition to the position of the Cabinet Office, which has launched a legal challenge against the request from the inquiry to hand over such material in unredacted form.

The Cabinet Office said there were “important principles at stake” – such as the issue of privacy.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak visit the headquarters of Octopus Energy, in London, Britain October 5, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
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But in a letter to Baroness Hallett, Mr Johnson said: “While I understand the government’s position, I am not willing to let my material become a test case for others when I am perfectly content for the inquiry to see it.”

The Sunday Times detailed a letter sent by Cabinet Office lawyers to Mr Johnson last week which suggests that his actions could see him lose public funding for his legal defence.

“The funding offer will cease to be available to you if you knowingly seek to frustrate or undermine, either through your own actions or the actions of others, the government’s position in relation to the inquiry unless there is a clear and irreconcilable conflict of interest on a particular point at issue,” it said.

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They added that funding would “only remain available” if he complied with conditions such as sending the Cabinet Office “any witness statement or exhibit which you intend to provide to the inquiry so that it can be security checked by appropriate officials”.

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The Cabinet Office said the letter was “intended to protect public funds” so taxpayer-funded lawyers are not used for any other purpose than aiding the inquiry.

Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries, a staunch ally of Mr Johnson, said it was “not a good look for the government”.

“All evidence provided should be unfettered and not restricted by gov censorship – whatever form that may take,” she tweeted.

Tory donor Lord Cruddas, an outspoken backer of Mr Johnson, who handed him his peerage, urged former prime minister not to be “held to ransom” by the threat.

“Don’t worry @BorisJohnson I can easily get your legal fees funded by supporters and crowdfunding, it’s easy,” he tweeted.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “This letter from officials simply reiterates that taxpayer-funded lawyers must be used to aid the Covid inquiry and for no other purpose.

“The letter makes clear Mr Johnson has a duty to provide sincere witness to the inquiry independently and without reference to the views of the current government.

“This letter was intended to protect public funds. It in no way prevents Mr Johnson from providing whatever evidence he wants to.”

Met Police officer who stalked woman he met on duty sacked | UK News

A Metropolitan Police officer who stalked a woman he met while on duty has been sacked.

PC Jonathan Simon was given a 16-week suspended prison sentence in April but has now been dismissed from the force after his behaviour was classed as gross misconduct.

Sentencing him at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier in the year, district judge Daniel Sternberg said he had brought the Met into disrepute.

The hearing was told how PC Simon began dating his victim after meeting her on duty in May 2021 while attached to the force’s east area command.

When the woman ended the relationship, the former officer continued to text, call and visit her – sometimes when he was on duty.

He then stalked her between October 2021 and July 2022.

This included going to her home and workplace unannounced – on one occasion on the false premise her window was unsecured.

He continued to contact her despite her telling him she no longer wished to see him.

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A document from the misconduct hearing, signed by assistant commissioner Barbara Gray, reads: “The public could not have confidence in PC Simon after he has shown himself capable of behaving in such a way.

“I know the public would not have confidence in the MPS if we appeared not to take a criminal conviction arising from such behaviour seriously.”

The document said this is “especially true in the context of the grave and current public concern about police officers as perpetrators of violence against women and girls”.

Man, 28, arrested after woman stabbed to death in Droylsden | UK News

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was stabbed to death in Greater Manchester.

Police were called to Edge Lane in Droylsden around midday on Friday where they found a 51-year-old woman had been stabbed. She died at the scene.

Greater Manchester Police said the suspect was arrested on Friday evening and is still in custody.

Chief Superintendent Phil Davies, district commander for Tameside, said the investigation was in its “early stages” and detectives are “keeping an open mind”.

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the victim as well as with the community who have been deeply affected by this incident,” he added.

“We are determined to find answers and bring the person responsible to justice.

“I appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything to come forwards and if you have any information that could assist our investigation – no matter how small it may seem – please share it with the police.”