A real-life royal drama played out before the world this week, following the broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Allegations of racism, disclosures about the duchess’ mental health and the suggestion of a fallout between the duke and Prince Charles dominated headlines, with the Queen then breaking her silence to respond to the couple’s claims.
TV host Piers Morgan also waded into the row but came a cropper after voicing his unflattering views about Markle on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Challenged by co-presenter Alex Beresford over his repeated attempts to “trash” the duchess, Morgan stormed off set before handing in his resignation amid a flurry of complaints from viewers about his remarks.
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Meanwhile, debate about the mistreatment of women in general is growing after the disappearance of Sarah Everard in South London took a shocking turn. Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, a 49-year-old father of two, was arrested at his Kent home on Tuesday night on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Everard, 33, who was last seen in Clapham on 3 March.
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North of the border, Nicola Sturgeon’s deputy narrowly survived a no-confidence vote tabled by the Scottish Conservatives. John Swinney is in the firing line after telling the inquiry into the handling of sexual abuse complaints against Alex Salmond that records of two meetings attended by Sturgeon and senior government lawyers had been lost or never existed - a claim that has sparked derision from critics.
In Covid-related news, experts warned that the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus in Brazil could cause disaster if new mutations emerge and spread worldwide.
On a more positive note, British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released from house arrest in Iran as her five-year sentence ended. However, she is set to face a new set of charges in court later this month.
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