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Royal news - live: Prince William makes emotional plea about Gaza as Sarah Ferguson gives health update

The Prince of Wales has called for fighting to end in the Israel-Hamas war and says he is deeply concerned about the human cost of the conflict.

The heir to the phone issued an impassioned statement ahead of his plans to meet with aid workers to discuss the crisis.

He shared on X: “I remain deeply concerned about the terrible human cost of the conflict in the Middle East since the Hamas terrorist attack on October 7. Too many have been killed,” he said.

“I, like so many others, want to see an end to the fighting as soon as possible. There is a desperate need for increased humanitarian support to Gaza. It’s critical that aid gets in and the hostages are released.

It comes as Sarah, Duchess of York shared an urgent health warning for people to get checked out as she and King Charles battle cancer.

The Duke of York’s ex-wife was diagnosed with a melanoma in January, less than a year after facing breast cancer.

The duchess shared on Instagram: “Days could make the difference between life and death, so please don’t skip or put off your #healthchecks and urge your loved ones to go to theirs.”

Key points

  • Prince William calls for Israel-Hamas fighting to end ‘as soon as possible’ in rare statement on crisis

  • Sarah Ferguson makes urgent plea for followers to go to check-ups

  • William attends Baftas without Kate in first high-profile engagement since op

  • Source says King Charles would have to ask Harry to come back into royal fold

ICYMI - William hails strength and diversity of competition in Bafta categories

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:00 , Lydia Patrick

The Prince of Wales has said he has a list of movies to watch after attending the Baftas, hailing the strength and diversity of the competition within each category.

William, who is president of the arts charity, sat in the front row of the 2,400-seat auditorium at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday in his first high-profile royal engagement since his wife’s operation.

At the prestigious film event last year, he was accompanied by the Princess of Wales, who had abdominal surgery on January 16 at the London Clinic and has since returned home to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor to be with their three children.

The prince made apologies for Kate’s absence at a short meet and greet before the ceremony, saying she loves the Bafta film awards.

After all the gongs had been awarded, William met with some of the nominees of the rising star award – won by the star of coming-of-age film How To Have Sex, Mia McKenna-Bruce.

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William hails strength and diversity of competition in Bafta categories

ICYMI - Five key talking points from Prince Harry’s Good Morning America interview

Tuesday 20 February 2024 15:00 , Lydia Patrick

Prince Harry has opened up about his family and career in a wide-ranging new interview with Good Morning America.

During his conversation with Will Reeve, which aired on 16 February, the Duke of Sussex was in Whistler, Canada, meeting athletes at the Blackcomb resort in British Columbia in preparation for next year’s winter Invictus games. While in the city, he was accompanied by his wife, Meghan Markle, who he shares a four-year-old son, Archie, and two-year-old daughter, Lilibet, with.

The interview also marked Harry’s first time speaking out about his father, King Charles, since the senior royal’s cancer diagnosis was revealed. When Charles’ health condition was annouced earlier this month, Harry embarked a brief trip to London to see his father.

During his appearance on Good Morning America, Harry went on to discuss other important aspects of his life, including how his family is doing in America and how he feels about the Invictus Games, which he first founded in 2014.

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Five key talking points from Prince Harry’s Good Morning America interview

Pictured- Prince William at the Red Cross

Tuesday 20 February 2024 14:32 , Lydia Patrick

The Prince of Wales during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London, to hear about the humanitarian efforts taking place to support those affected by the conflict in Gaza (PA)
The Prince of Wales during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London, to hear about the humanitarian efforts taking place to support those affected by the conflict in Gaza (PA)
The Prince of Wales talks to employees during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London, to hear about the humanitarian efforts taking place to support those affected by the conflict in Gaza (PA)
The Prince of Wales talks to employees during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London, to hear about the humanitarian efforts taking place to support those affected by the conflict in Gaza (PA)
The Prince of Wales talks to employees during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London (PA)
The Prince of Wales talks to employees during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London (PA)
The Prince of Wales talks to employees during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London (PA)
The Prince of Wales talks to employees during a visit to the British Red Cross at its headquarters in central London (PA)

The Prince of Wale’s full statement

Tuesday 20 February 2024 13:56 , Lydia Patrick

Prince William has called for the end of violence in the Israel-Hamas war in an impassioned statement on X.

Prince William calls for Israel-Hamas fighting to end ‘as soon as possible’ in rare statement on crisis

Tuesday 20 February 2024 13:50 , Lydia Patrick

Prince William has expressed his deep concern over the “terrible human cost of the conflict in the Middle East” and has called for an end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas “as soon as possible”.

“Too many have been killed,” the heir to the British throne said in a rare statement on Tuesday, ahead of visits about humanitarian support in Gaza and a global rise in antisemitism.

“I remain deeply concerned about the terrible human cost of the conflict in the Middle East since the Hamas terrorist attack on 7 October. Too many have been killed,” said the Prince of Wales.

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Prince William calls for Israel-Hamas fighting to end ‘as soon as possible’

Watch- Prince William arrives alone at 2024 Baftas as Kate pauses official duties after surgery

Tuesday 20 February 2024 13:31 , Lydia Patrick

William arrives alone at 2024 Baftas as Kate pauses official duties after surgery

World Cancer Research Fund thank Duchess of York

Tuesday 20 February 2024 12:31 , Lydia Patrick

Cancer charity thank Sarah Ferguson for opening up about her experience today.

Rachael Gormley, chief executive of World Cancer Research Fund, said: “We want to thank the Duchess of York for sharing her own experience this Cancer Prevention Action Week.

“It is such an important message to get across and will help raise more awareness.”

The fund’s Cancer Prevention Action Week runs from February 19-25, with its Make Your Move campaign encouraging people to find spare moments in their day to fit in short bursts of activity, such as stretches while queuing for coffee or dancing in the kitchen while cooking.

Ms Gormley said: “Physical activity can help reduce the risk of breast, colon and endometrial cancers as well as other health conditions”.

ICYMI - Sarah Ferguson’s touching message to the King over shared cancer battles

Tuesday 20 February 2024 11:31 , Lydia Patrick

Sarah Ferguson has issued a touching message for the King over the royals’ shared cancer battles.

The Duchess of York said Charles is “very dear” to her in a social media post about the first event she has attended since revealing her malignant melanoma diagnosis and since hearing the news the monarch is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer.

Writing on Instagram on Saturday, the 64-year-old said: “His Majesty is very dear to me and I think I speak for everyone when I say he is in my thoughts and prayers.”

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Sarah Ferguson’s touching message to the King over shared cancer battles

Sarah Ferguson makes urgent plea

Tuesday 20 February 2024 09:43 , Lydia Patrick

The Duchess of York has marked cancer prevention week by asking her social media following to attend their healthcare check-ups.

Sarah Ferguson was diagnosed with melanoma after she nearly skipped her routine mammogram after undergoing a masectomy and reconstruction.

She shared on Instagram: “I would like to urge anyone who is able to be diligent with their health check ups. I’m determined to do whatever I can to help raise awareness by sharing my experience.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2023 and melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, this year and had it not been for the diligence and care of my physicians, my situation could have been so much worse. It was a busy 2023 and I almost put off my routine mammogram, but my sister Jane convinced me to go.

“After undergoing a mastectomy and reconstruction, I could only hope that I was in the clear, which is why a new diagnosis of skin cancer came as a shock. I’m now in the best hands and feeling positive with the support of my family. Days could make the difference between life and death, so please don’t skip or put off your #healthchecks and urge your loved ones to go to theirs.”

FILE - Sarah Ferguson poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of the film 'Marlowe' in London, March 16, 2023. Sarah, the Duchess of York, has been diagnosed with a malignant skin cancer that was discovered during her treatment for breast cancer, a spokesperson said (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)
FILE - Sarah Ferguson poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of the film 'Marlowe' in London, March 16, 2023. Sarah, the Duchess of York, has been diagnosed with a malignant skin cancer that was discovered during her treatment for breast cancer, a spokesperson said (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

When is Prince Harry next expected to return to the UK?

Tuesday 20 February 2024 09:03 , Lydia Patrick

Buckingham Palace has not given details about Charles’s cancer and Harry declined to divulge any information when asked about his “outlook” on the King’s health in an interview on Friday.

But he did say that he would be visiting his father in the future: “I’ve got other trips planned that would take me through the UK or back to the UK, so I’ll stop in and see my family as much as I can.”

Harry, 39, jetted across from the US to spend time with his father after his cancer diagnosis but only spent around 45 minutes together during a meeting at Clarence House.

While he spent a further evening in London, he did not see his brother Prince William, with their relationship remaining strained since Harry’s departure as a working royal.

Prince Harry revealed how ‘grateful’ he was to have visited his father earlier this month, following King Charles’s cancer diagnosis (Shutterstock)
Prince Harry revealed how ‘grateful’ he was to have visited his father earlier this month, following King Charles’s cancer diagnosis (Shutterstock)

What events will the Prince of Wales attend?

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:54 , Lydia Patrick

William will meet aid workers helping to provide humanitarian support in the region, hearing about the experiences of those on the ground, and separately join a synagogue discussion with young people from different communities who are advocates against hatred and antisemitism.

In 2018 William undertook, on behalf of the Government, the first official trip by a member of the monarchy to Israel and the Occupied West Bank.

During his visit he sat down for separate talks with Mr Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, president of Bafta attends the Bafta Film Awards 2024 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on February 18, 2024 (Jordan Pettitt - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales, president of Bafta attends the Bafta Film Awards 2024 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on February 18, 2024 (Jordan Pettitt - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

William to attend events which recognise ‘suffering’ caused by Gaza conflict

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:00 , Holly Evans

The Prince of Wales is to carry out royal events which “recognise the human suffering” caused by the war in the Middle East, subsequent conflict in Gaza and the global rise in antisemitism, Kensington Palace has said.

William will meet aid workers helping to provide humanitarian support in the region, hearing about the experiences of those on the ground, and separately join a synagogue discussion with young people from different communities who are advocates against hatred and antisemitism.

Kensington Palace said: “The prince and princess were profoundly concerned by events that unfolded in late 2023 and continue to hold all the victims, their family and friends in their hearts and minds.

“Their Royal Highnesses continue to share in the hope of a better future for all those affected.”

Prince William shares Bafta behind-the-scenes video: ‘What a night’

Tuesday 20 February 2024 06:00 , Holly Evans

Prince William shares Bafta behind-the-scenes video: ‘What a night’

‘Zero per cent chance’ Harry will return to royal fold

Tuesday 20 February 2024 05:00 , Holly Evans

Buckingham Palace aides have reportedly insisted that there is “zero per cent chance” that Prince Harry will walk in to help out the new slimmed down monarchy as King Charles undergoes cancer treatment.

Palace sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that there is “no way back” for Harry, who said in a US interview this week that he thought the King’s illness was a chance to unify his family.

It’s thought that the terms of the Sandringham Summit, which detailed Harry and Meghan’s exit from the working royal family, still stand which rules out a “half in, half out” approach to the monarchy.

Reports on Saturday suggested the Duke of Sussex had told pals he would consider a temporary return to the firm.

Prince Harry shares sweet update about his and Meghan’s children

Tuesday 20 February 2024 04:00 , Holly Evans

Prince Harry has shared a sweet update about his and wife Meghan Markle’s children, Archie, four, and Lilibet, two.

The Duke of Sussex opened up about his family life during an interview with Good Morning America on 16 February, while he and Meghan were in Whistler, Canada, meeting athletes at the Blackcomb resort in British Columbia in preparation for the 2025 Winter Invictus Games. During the conversation, he was asked how he was doing as a parent, to which he jokingly responded: “I can’t tell you that, it’s classified…Top secret.”

He then clarified that his children are “doing great,” before describing some of the things he loves about being a father.

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Prince Harry shares sweet update about his and Meghan’s children

Prince William arrives alone at 2024 Baftas as Kate pauses official duties after surgery

Tuesday 20 February 2024 03:00 , Holly Evans

William arrives alone at 2024 Baftas as Kate pauses official duties after surgery

When is Prince Harry next expected to return to the UK?

Tuesday 20 February 2024 02:00 , Holly Evans

Buckingham Palace has not given details about Charles’s cancer and Harry declined to divulge any information when asked about his “outlook” on the King’s health in an interview on Friday.

But he did say that he would be visiting his father in the future: “I’ve got other trips planned that would take me through the UK or back to the UK, so I’ll stop in and see my family as much as I can.”

Harry, 39, jetted across from the US to spend time with his father after his cancer diagnosis but only spent around 45 minutes together during a meeting at Clarence House.

While he spent a further evening in London, he did not see his brother Prince William, with their relationship remaining strained since Harry’s departure as a working royal.

William to attend events which recognise ‘suffering’ caused by Gaza conflict

Tuesday 20 February 2024 01:00 , Holly Evans

The Prince of Wales is to carry out royal events which “recognise the human suffering” caused by the war in the Middle East, subsequent conflict in Gaza and the global rise in antisemitism, Kensington Palace has said.

William will meet aid workers helping to provide humanitarian support in the region, hearing about the experiences of those on the ground, and separately join a synagogue discussion with young people from different communities who are advocates against hatred and antisemitism.

Kensington Palace said: “The prince and princess were profoundly concerned by events that unfolded in late 2023 and continue to hold all the victims, their family and friends in their hearts and minds.

Prince William is set to carry out events which relate to the ongoing conflict in Gaza  (Daniel Leal/PA) (PA Wire)
Prince William is set to carry out events which relate to the ongoing conflict in Gaza (Daniel Leal/PA) (PA Wire)

“Their Royal Highnesses continue to share in the hope of a better future for all those affected.”

The October 7 raids by the Palestinian militant group Hamas killed about 1,200 people, with around 250 taken hostage. Militants still hold around 130 hostages and a quarter of them are believed to be dead.

The war has killed at least 28,985 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry.

King Charles reportedly has ‘warm exchanges’ with Harry since diagnosis

Tuesday 20 February 2024 00:00 , Holly Evans

Prince Harry and his father are said to have had several “warm exchanges” since the King’s illness was diagnosed, The Times claimed.

A royal source also told the newspaper that Charles, 75, is keen to reconcile and see more of his son, and believes doing so would benefit the monarchy.

The source told The Times: “On all practical levels it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he’s sick.

Kinc Charles is said to be keen to reconcile with his youngest son (Getty Images)
Kinc Charles is said to be keen to reconcile with his youngest son (Getty Images)

“Much has been said on both sides in recent years, but that has never diminished the fundamental bond of blood, and there are now pragmatic aspects to consider, with the King and Kate’s wellbeing ­paramount in this.

“The details of the Clarence House meeting and subsequent conversations are private, but the feeling is that this arrangement could work.”

William to build homes on Duchy of Cornwall land to tackle homelessness

Monday 19 February 2024 23:00 , Holly Evans

The Prince of Wales has announced plans to build homes on Duchy of Cornwall land to tackle homelessness in the South West of England.

The Duchy of Cornwall is a portfolio of land, property and investments valued at more than £1 billion, which provide an income for the heir to the throne.

Working with Cornish homelessness charity St Petrocs, the project will provide 24 homes in Nansledan, Newquay, with “wrap around support” for local people experiencing homelessness to create a path to a permanent home.

The development of “high quality temporary accommodation that feels like home” is due to begin in September with the first homes expected to be completed in the autumn of next year, according to a statement from the estate.

Five key talking points from Prince Harry’s Good Morning America interview

Monday 19 February 2024 21:25 , Holly Evans

Prince Harry opened up about his family and career in a wide-ranging new interview with Good Morning America.

During his conversation with Will Reeve, which aired on 16 February, the Duke of Sussex was in Whistler, Canada, meeting athletes at the Blackcomb resort in British Columbia in preparation for next year’s winter Invictus games. While in the city, he was accompanied by his wife, Meghan Markle, with whom he shares a four-year-old son, Archie, and two-year-old daughter, Lilibet.

The interview also marked Harry’s first time speaking out about his father, King Charles, since the senior royal’s cancer diagnosis was revealed. When Charles’ health condition was announced earlier this month, Harry embarked upon a brief trip to London to see his father.

Five key talking points from Prince Harry’s Good Morning America interview

Harry ‘will not be allowed temporary royal role while King is ill’

Monday 19 February 2024 19:30 , Athena Stavrou

The Duke of Sussex will not be allowed a temporary royal role while his father undergoes cancer treatment, according to reports.

It comes after it was alleged that Harry told friends he would step into such a role while Charles is unwell.

However, the arrangement he accepted when stepping down as a working royal alongside his wife the Duchess of Sussex in 2020, is reportedly set to remain in place.

A source told The Telegraph: “Those terms were quite clear, and the King’s illness hasn’t altered that.”

Another told the newspaper that the view a hybrid model of being a working royal was not appropriate still “remains the case”.

It comes as The Times claimed that the duke and his father are said to have had several “warm exchanges” since the King’s illness was diagnosed.

A royal source also told the newspaper that Charles, 75, is keen to reconcile and see more of his son, and believes doing so would benefit the monarchy. The source told The Times last week: “On all practical levels it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he’s sick.

“Much has been said on both sides in recent years, but that has never diminished the fundamental bond of blood, and there are now pragmatic aspects to consider, with the King and Kate’s wellbeing ­paramount in this.

“The details of the Clarence House meeting and subsequent conversations are private, but the feeling is that this arrangement could work.”

Duke of Sussex ‘willing to take temporary royal role’ while King is ill

Monday 19 February 2024 18:30 , Athena Stavrou

The Duke of Sussex is willing to step into a temporary royal role while his father undergoes cancer treatment, it has been reported.

The Times newspaper reports Harry has told friends he would step into such a role while Charles is unwell.

The duke and his father are said to have had several “warm exchanges” since the King’s illness was diagnosed, it was claimed. Harry, who stepped down as a working royal alongside his wife the Duchess of Sussex in 2020, is a counsellor of state but is not expected to take up any of the King’s duties while he recovers.

The source told The Times last week: “On all practical levels it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he’s sick.

“Much has been said on both sides in recent years, but that has never diminished the fundamental bond of blood, and there are now pragmatic aspects to consider, with the King and Kate’s wellbeing ­paramount in this.

“The details of the Clarence House meeting and subsequent conversations are private, but the feeling is that this arrangement could work.”

A written plan would need to be drawn up by the King and his aides before Harry could return to any official duties and would not receive public funds, the newspaper said.

 (Getty)
(Getty)

ICYMI: King smiles and waves on first public outing since Harry interview

Monday 19 February 2024 17:30 , Athena Stavrou

The King smiled and waved as he attended church with the Queen in his first public outing since his son the Duke of Sussex hinted at a possible reconciliation.

Walking alongside Camilla and holding an umbrella, Charles arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, to rainy weather on Sunday morning.

The King was seen wearing a brown coat and waving to the public before being greeted by the Rev Canon Dr Paul Williams.

The 75-year-old King was seen in public for the first time since Harry suggested in an interview with a US breakfast TV show that his father’s illness could lead to a reconciliation between them.

Harry also said “I love my family” and that he was “grateful” to be able to spend time with his father when he flew back to the UK following Charles’s cancer diagnosis.

 (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
(Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

Watch: Prince William arrives alone at Baftas as Kate recovers from surgery

Monday 19 February 2024 16:30 , Athena Stavrou

What is in the royal diary today?

Monday 19 February 2024 15:37 , Athena Stavrou

As King Charles continues his break from public engagements as he undergoes cancer treatment, the royal family are stepping up their own duties to help out.

Today, family members including the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester all partook in official visits today. Here is the full list:

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will visit Hereford and Gloucester Cathedral.

The Duchess of Edinburgh will hold a reception for members of the Georgetown Institute for Women and visit the London College of Fashion.

 (PA)
(PA)

‘What a night!’: Prince William shares Baftas highlight reel

Monday 19 February 2024 14:31 , Athena Stavrou

Prince William said he was “honoured to attend” last night’s Bafatas as he posted a dazzling highlight reel of the evening.

On Sunday, the Prince of Wales took his seat in the front row of the Bafta film awards ceremony in his first high-profile royal engagement since his wife’s operation.

William, who is president of the arts charity, made his way down the red carpet at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday wearing a black bow tie and navy velvet suit jacket, waving to cameras and stopping to chat and take selfies with a few members of the public.

Harry considered becoming US citizen

Monday 19 February 2024 14:00 , Athena Stavrou

Prince Harry has said living in the US is “amazing - I love every single day” but stopped short of pledging allegiance to the star-spangled banner in a revealing interview.

The duke spoke to Good Morning America reporter Will Reeve about King Charles’s shock cancer diagnosis, family life as well as his thoughts on becoming an American citizen.

Asked ‘do you feel American’, the Duke said: “Do I feel American? No. I don’t know how I feel.’

Pressed on whether he would think about becoming a US citizen, Harry added: “I have considered it, yeah.”

Asked what would stop him doing it, the Duke said: “I have no idea. I’m here standing here next to this with these guys. American citizenship is a thought that has crossed my mind but certainly not something that’s a high priority for me right now.”

 (Good Morning America)
(Good Morning America)

When will Harry next return to the UK?

Monday 19 February 2024 13:30 , Athena Stavrou

Buckingham Palace has not given details about Charles’s cancer and Harry declined to divulge any information when asked about his “outlook” on the King’s health in an interview on Friday.

But he did say that he would be visiting his father in the future: “I’ve got other trips planned that would take me through the UK or back to the UK, so I’ll stop in and see my family as much as I can.”

Harry, 39, jetted across from the US to spend time with his father after his cancer diagnosis but it seems the pair didn’t get much quality time together.

There was no meeting between the duke and his brother the Prince of Wales last Tuesday after Harry spent 30 minutes with Charles at Clarence House.

Royal aides reportedly blocked the Duke of Sussex from joining his dad at Sandringham as they feared “they would never get rid of him.”

“Harry came over to see his father, expecting to go to Sandringham. But instead, he was asked to be at Clarence House and was restricted to 30 minutes,” an insider told The Sun.

‘Zero per cent chance’ Harry will return to royal fold

Monday 19 February 2024 13:00 , Athena Stavrou

Buckingham Palace aides have insisted that there is “zero per cent chance” that Prince Harry will walk in to help out the new slimmed down monarchy as King Charles undergoes cancer treatment.

Palace sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that there is “no way back” for Harry, who said in a US interview this week that he thought the King’s illness was a chance to unify his family.

It’s thought that the terms of the Sandringham Summit, which detailed Harry and Meghan’s exit from the working royal family, still stand which rules out a “half in, half out” approach to the monarchy.

Reports on Saturday suggested the Duke of Sussex had told pals he would consider a temporary return to the firm.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

William hails strength and diversity of competition in Bafta categories

Monday 19 February 2024 12:09 , Athena Stavrou

The Prince of Wales has said he has a list of movies to watch after attending the Baftas, hailing the strength and diversity of the competition within each category.

The prince made apologies for Kate’s absence at a short meet and greet before the ceremony, saying she loves the Bafta film awards.

William reiterated the strength of the competition when speaking to the director and two producers of Earth Mama – which won outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

He told the three women: “The competition in all the categories were so strong this year.”

“And also what’s so lovely is there was diversity in so many areas,” William added.

William praised the strength of competition while chatting with EE Rising Stars Phoebe Dynevor, Ayo Edebiri, Sophie Wilde and Mia McKenna Bruce (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)
William praised the strength of competition while chatting with EE Rising Stars Phoebe Dynevor, Ayo Edebiri, Sophie Wilde and Mia McKenna Bruce (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)

Princess Royal visits anti-knife crime group in Wellingborough

Monday 19 February 2024 11:05 , Athena Stavrou

The Princess Royal was shown a knife amnesty bin as she visited a group that works to combat stabbings in Wellingborough.

Anne met volunteers from Off the Streets North Northamptonshire (NN) and heard from those affected by knife crime during the visit at the market town’s Hind Hotel.

Off the Streets NN co-founder Ravaun Jones gave Anne a demonstration of a bleed control kit and a knife amnesty bin.

Anne, dressed in a tweed jacket, said it was “nice” to see the bleed control kits “become more available”.

Off the Streets NN has placed 203 bleed kits across Northamptonshire, with four of these having been used to save lives in emergency situations.

 (PA)
(PA)

King Charles keen to reconcile with Harry

Monday 19 February 2024 10:35 , Athena Stavrou

Prince Harry and his father are said to have had several “warm exchanges” since the King’s illness was diagnosed, The Times claimed.

A royal source also told the newspaper that Charles, 75, is keen to reconcile and see more of his son, and believes doing so would benefit the monarchy.

The source told The Times: “On all practical levels it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he’s sick.

“Much has been said on both sides in recent years, but that has never diminished the fundamental bond of blood, and there are now pragmatic aspects to consider, with the King and Kate’s wellbeing ­paramount in this.

“The details of the Clarence House meeting and subsequent conversations are private, but the feeling is that this arrangement could work.”

 (Getty)
(Getty)

Harry ‘will not be allowed temporary royal role while King is ill’- reports

Monday 19 February 2024 10:05 , Athena Stavrou

The Duke of Sussex will not be allowed a temporary royal role while his father undergoes cancer treatment, according to reports.

It was alleged that Harry told friends he would step into such a role while Charles is unwell.

However, the arrangement he accepted when stepping down as a working royal alongside his wife the Duchess of Sussex in 2020, is reportedly set to remain in place.

A source told The Telegraph: “Those terms were quite clear, and the King’s illness hasn’t altered that.”

Another told the newspaper that the view a hybrid model of being a working royal was not appropriate still “remains the case”.

 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

William to build homes on Duchy of Cornwall land to tackle homelessness

Monday 19 February 2024 09:35 , Athena Stavrou

The Prince of Wales has announced plans to build homes on Duchy of Cornwall land to tackle homelessness in the South West of England.

The Duchy of Cornwall is a portfolio of land, property and investments valued at more than £1 billion, which provide an income for the heir to the throne.

Working with Cornish homelessness charity St Petrocs, the project will provide 24 homes in Nansledan, Newquay, with “wrap around support” for local people experiencing homelessness to create a path to a permanent home.

The development of “high quality temporary accommodation that feels like home” is due to begin in September with the first homes expected to be completed in the autumn of next year, according to a statement from the estate.

 (via REUTERS)
(via REUTERS)

Prince William shares Bafta behind the scenes video: ‘What a night’

Monday 19 February 2024 09:01 , Athena Stavrou

The Prince of Wales has shared a behind-the-scenes video of his night at the Baftas.

Prince William, who has been the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 2010, attended the evening alone as his wife, the Princess of Wales, recovers from abdominal surgery.

William, who watched the ceremony before meeting category winners and rising stars, has now shared a glimpse into his evening on the red carpet, in a special video posted on the Prince and Princess of Wales’s Instagram page on Sunday.

He captioned the post: “What a night! Honoured to be in attendance at the UK’s biggest celebration of global excellence in film.”

Prince William shares Bafta behind-the-scenes video: ‘What a night’

William attends Baftas without Kate in first high-profile engagement since op

Monday 19 February 2024 08:20 , Athena Stavrou

The Prince of Wales took his seat in the front row of the Bafta film awards ceremony in his first high-profile royal engagement since his wife’s operation.

William, who is president of the arts charity, made his way down the red carpet at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday wearing a black bow tie and navy velvet suit jacket, waving to cameras and stopping to chat and take selfies with a few members of the public.

At the prestigious film event last year, William was accompanied by the Princess of Wales, who had abdominal surgery on January 16 at the London Clinic and has since returned home to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor to be with their three children.

He made apologies for Kate’s absence at a short meet and greet before taking his seat.

William said he has a list of movies to watch after attending the Baftas (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)
William said he has a list of movies to watch after attending the Baftas (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)

ICYMI: King Smiles and waves on way to church

Monday 19 February 2024 07:00 , Matt Mathers

The King smiled and waved as he attended church with the Queen on Sunday morning.

Smiling and waving as he walked alongside Camilla King Charles arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk on Sunday morning.

The King was seen wearing a brown coat and waving to the public before being greeted by the Rev Canon Dr Paul Williams.

Charles is staying at Sandringham following his first bout of cancer treatment.

The 75-year-old King was seen in public for the first time since Harry suggested in an interview with a US breakfast TV show that his father’s illness could lead to a reconciliation between them.

Harry also said “I love my family” and that he was “grateful” to be able to spend time with his father when he flew back to the UK following Charles’s cancer diagnosis.

The duke’s whirlwind visit to see his father for around 45 minutes prompted speculation the two men, estranged since the duke stepped down as a working royal, may be on the point of rebuilding their relationship.

In the interview, aired on Good Morning America, it was suggested a family illness could have a “re-unifying effect”, and when Harry was asked “is that possible in this case?” he replied: “Yeah, I’m sure.”

 (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
(Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

King Charles will reveal cancer type after treatment, royal insider says

Monday 19 February 2024 06:00 , Matt Mathers

King Charles will reveal cancer type after treatment, royal insider says

ICYMI: Inside Prince Harry’s 26-hour flying visit to see Charles that lasted less than an hour

Monday 19 February 2024 05:00 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry has flown home to LA following a 26-hour visit to the UK that saw him reunite with his father for less than an hour after his shock cancer diagnosis.

The Duke of Sussex spent almost as much time in the air as he did in England, on what was his first visit to his homeland since September.

Full report:

Inside Prince Harry’s 26-hour visit to see Charles that lasted less than an hour

ICYMI: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor - King Charles has given a voice to all us cancer sufferers

Monday 19 February 2024 04:00 , Matt Mathers

The famed guitarist has been undergoing treatment for stage 4 prostate cancer since his diagnosis was announced in November 2022. Here, in a moving and heartfelt letter, Andy Taylor reflects on the extraordinary impact the announcement from Buckingham Palace has had on him and how it connects to his own experience:

Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor: King Charles has given a voice to all us cancer sufferers 

ICYMI: Prince Harry and Meghan in royal rebrand as they launch new website with regal titles

Monday 19 February 2024 03:00 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have relaunched their website using their regal titles – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The couple’s new site, sussex.com, replaces their former website, archewell.com, and will bring more personal updates about the Duke and Duchess’s activities.

Full report:

Prince Harry and Meghan in royal rebrand as they launch new website with regal titles

ICYMI: Sarah Ferguson’s touching message to the King over shared cancer battles

Monday 19 February 2024 02:00 , Matt Mathers

Sarah Ferguson has issued a touching message for the King over the royals’ shared cancer battles.

The Duchess of York said Charles is “very dear” to her in a social media post about the first event she has attended since revealing her malignant melanoma diagnosis and since hearing the news the monarch is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer.

Full report:

Sarah Ferguson’s touching message to the King over shared cancer battles

British line of succession: Who is next heir to the throne as Charles diagnosed with cancer

Monday 19 February 2024 01:00 , Matt Mathers

The royal line of succession has decided who will be the next king or queen of Great Britain for hundreds of years, and now with a new generation of royals, there is a long list of people who could be our next monarch.

So, from Prince William to Princess Eugenie and everyone in between, here is everyone who is closest in line for the British throne:

British line of succession: Next heir to throne as Charles diagnosed with cancer

ICYMI: Prince Harry likes telling us his truth. Now he wants to tell us the King’s, too

Monday 19 February 2024 00:01 , Matt Mathers

In his latest bombshell interview with a US news outlet – this time, ‘Good Morning America’ – Prince Harry reminded us of his gratitude, and how the King’s cancer battle can bring his family together. I’ll believe it when I see it, says Paul Clements

Prince Harry likes telling us his truth. Now he’s telling us the King’s, too

ICYMI: Prince William believes ‘nothing has changed’ between Harry

Sunday 18 February 2024 22:30 , Matt Mathers

Prince William has been said to not “have the bandwidth” with stories linking his brother Prince Harry with a shock return to the royal family.

A royal source told the Express: “There’s no way that the Prince of Wales will wear it. Harry may well want to step back into a royal role but as far as his brother is concerned nothing has changed.

“Prince William has enough on his plate at the moment. His father is being treated for cancer and his wife is recovering from abdominal surgery. He simply doesn’t have the bandwidth for this.”

It came after a bombshell interview, aired on Good Morning America, where it was suggested the family illness could have a “re-unifying effect”, and when Harry was asked “is that possible in this case?” he replied: “Yeah, I’m sure.”

Prince William is set to appear at the Baftas later tonight without his wife Kate Middleton as she recovers from her own treatment.

 (Daniel Leal/PA Wire)
(Daniel Leal/PA Wire)

ICYMI: King smiles on way to church

Sunday 18 February 2024 21:30 , Matt Mathers

The King smiled and waved as he attended church with the Queen on Sunday morning.

Smiling and waving as he walked alongside Camilla King Charles arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk on Sunday morning.

The King was seen wearing a brown coat and waving to the public before being greeted by the Rev Canon Dr Paul Williams.

Charles is staying at Sandringham following his first bout of cancer treatment.

The 75-year-old King was seen in public for the first time since Harry suggested in an interview with a US breakfast TV show that his father’s illness could lead to a reconciliation between them.

Harry also said “I love my family” and that he was “grateful” to be able to spend time with his father when he flew back to the UK following Charles’s cancer diagnosis.

The duke’s whirlwind visit to see his father for around 45 minutes prompted speculation the two men, estranged since the duke stepped down as a working royal, may be on the point of rebuilding their relationship.

In the interview, aired on Good Morning America, it was suggested a family illness could have a “re-unifying effect”, and when Harry was asked “is that possible in this case?” he replied: “Yeah, I’m sure.”

 (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
(Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

Inside King Charles’ rigid diet and strict exercise routine – and why he doesn’t eat lunch

Sunday 18 February 2024 20:30 , Matt Mathers

In the decades spent waiting to ascend to the throne, King Charles has always ensured he maintained a strict diet and rigid daily exercise routine.

The 75-year-old monarch was diagnosed with a form of cancer on Monday, after a check up last month found an unrelated, enlarged prostate that proved to be benign.

Despite Buckingham Palace’s statement that he remains in high spirits, the diagnosis will be a painful shock to the health-conscious King.

Full report:

David Lammy ‘concerned’ over ‘dirty money’ in London amid Russia sanctions

ICYMI: ‘Zero per cent chance’ Harry will return to royal fold - aides

Sunday 18 February 2024 19:30 , Matt Mathers

Buckingham Palace aides have insisted that there is “zero per cent chance” that Prince Harry will walk in to help out the new slimmed down monarchy as King Charles undergoes cancer treatment.

Palace sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that there is “no way back” for Harry, who said in a US interview this week that he thought the King’s illness was a chance to unify his family.

It’s thought that the terms of the Sandringham Summit, which detailed Harry and Meghan’s exit from the working royal family, still stand which rules out a “half in, half out” approach to the monarchy.

Reports yesterday suggested the Duke of Sussex had told pals he would consider a temporary return to the firm.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

ICYMI: Prince William preventing Harry from returning to royal fold - report

Sunday 18 February 2024 18:30 , Matt Mathers

Prince William has reportedly told friends that he thinks it would be a “bad idea” for his brother Harry to return and take up a role in the wake of their father’s cancer diagnosis.

A royal source told OK! Magazine William has made it “absolutely and categorically clear that he would not allow Harry to return. He thought it was a bad idea at the time and he’s even more clear now”.

The insider said whatever is being discussed by the two senior royals is private, before adding: “If anyone is going to take on more duties it will be William and that isn’t even on the agenda for now.

“His main focus is on his father’s health, his family and what is best for the monarchy. There is a zero per cent chance Harry is coming back in any capacity.”

It comes after friends of the duke told a newspaper that he would be willing to step in and play a role while his father receives cancer treatment.

A royal source told The Times that Charles, 75, was keen to reconcile and see more of his son, adding: “On all practical levels it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he’s sick.”

Tensions: Relations between Princes Harry and William have been fraught for years (Getty Images)
Tensions: Relations between Princes Harry and William have been fraught for years (Getty Images)

Royal aides blocked ‘blocked Harry from joining King Charles in Sandringham’ - report

Sunday 18 February 2024 17:25 , Matt Mathers

King Charles aides feared they “would never get rid” of Prince Harry as he tried to get into Sandringham to see his father.

A Royal insider told the Sun: “Harry came over to see his father, expecting to go to Sandringham. But instead he was asked to be at Clarence House and was restricted to 30 minutes.

“The fear was that if he went to Sandringham they would never get rid of him.”

It is believed to be the first time that the prince would have seen his father alone since the Queen died with the Prince wanting to share a “heart to heart” with the King.

Prince Harry has now returned to North America.

When will Harry next return to the UK?

Sunday 18 February 2024 16:25 , Barney Davis

Buckingham Palace has not given details about Charles’s cancer and Harry declined to divulge any information when asked about his “outlook” on the King’s health, replying “that stays between me and him”.

But he said he would be visiting his father in the future: “I’ve got other trips planned that would take me through the UK or back to the UK, so I’ll stop in and see my family as much as I can.”

There was no meeting between the duke and his brother the Prince of Wales last Tuesday after Harry spent time with Charles at Clarence House.

Royal aides reportedly blocked the Duke of Sussex from joining his dad at Sandringham as they feared “they would never get rid of him.” Harry, 39, jetted across from the US to spend time with his father but it seems the pair didn’t get much quality time together.

“Harry came over to see his father, expecting to go to Sandringham. But instead, he was asked to be at Clarence House and was restricted to 30 minutes,” an insider told The Sun.

Brit very happy after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bought new website domain off him

Sunday 18 February 2024 15:22 , Barney Davis

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly bought their new website domain just two weeks ago for an undisclosed fee, according to reports.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to acquire the Sussex.com domain to replace their previous website Archewell.com as the couple looked to rebrand.

The Sun on Sunday is reporting the Sussexes used a broker for it and paid an undisclosed fee to businessman Neil Agate “without arguing the price”.

The newspaper claims Agate, who is from Sussex but based in the US, created the unique domain name in 1995 and held on to it.

It was registered on February 4, just nine days before the Sussexes launched their revamped site.

The Office of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince William believes ‘nothing has changed’ between Harry

Sunday 18 February 2024 13:40 , Barney Davis

Prince William has been said to not “have the bandwidth” with stories linking his brother Prince Harry with a shock return to the royal family.

A royal source told the Express: “There’s no way that the Prince of Wales will wear it. Harry may well want to step back into a royal role but as far as his brother is concerned nothing has changed.

“Prince William has enough on his plate at the moment. His father is being treated for cancer and his wife is recovering from abdominal surgery. He simply doesn’t have the bandwidth for this.”

It came after a bombshell interview, aired on Good Morning America, where it was suggested the family illness could have a “re-unifying effect”, and when Harry was asked “is that possible in this case?” he replied: “Yeah, I’m sure.”

Prince William is set to appear at the Baftas later tonight without his wife Kate Middleton as she recovers from her own treatment.

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

Prince and Princess of Wales announce homebuilding project for homeless in Cornwall

Sunday 18 February 2024 13:03 , Barney Davis

King chats with Queen Camilla as they depart Sandringham church service

Sunday 18 February 2024 12:56 , Barney Davis

The King had his hands in his pockets as he casually chatted with the Queen as he departed St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

Queen Camilla, wearing a fur hat, was able to fold away her umbrella as the sun shone on the royals as they left the service.

The King looked at the ground and kept his hands in his coat as they walked in synchronicity on the church lawn.

Charles was seen waving to the public before being greeted by the Rev Canon Dr Paul Williams as he entered the service.

The King is staying at Sandringham following his first bout of cancer treatment.

 (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
(Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

The King smiled and waved as he attended church with the Queen on Sunday morning.

Sunday 18 February 2024 11:44 , Barney Davis

Smiling and waving as he walked alongside Camilla King Charles arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk on Sunday morning.

The King was seen wearing a brown coat and waving to the public before being greeted by the Rev Canon Dr Paul Williams.

Charles is staying at Sandringham following his first bout of cancer treatment.

The 75-year-old King was seen in public for the first time since Harry suggested in an interview with a US breakfast TV show that his father’s illness could lead to a reconciliation between them.

Harry also said “I love my family” and that he was “grateful” to be able to spend time with his father when he flew back to the UK following Charles’s cancer diagnosis.

The duke’s whirlwind visit to see his father for around 45 minutes prompted speculation the two men, estranged since the duke stepped down as a working royal, may be on the point of rebuilding their relationship.

In the interview, aired on Good Morning America, it was suggested a family illness could have a “re-unifying effect”, and when Harry was asked “is that possible in this case?” he replied: “Yeah, I’m sure.”

 (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
(Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

Inside King Charles’ rigid diet and strict exercise routine – and why he doesn’t eat lunch

Sunday 18 February 2024 11:38 , Barney Davis

In the decades spent waiting to ascend to the throne, King Charles has always ensured he maintained a strict diet and rigid daily exercise routine.

The 75-year-old monarch was diagnosed with a form of cancer on Monday, after a check up last month found an unrelated, enlarged prostate that proved to be benign.

Despite Buckingham Palace’s statement that he remains in high spirits, the diagnosis will be a painful shock to the health-conscious King.

Tom Watling reports:

Inside King Charles’ strict diet and exercise routine – and why he doesn’t eat lunch

‘Zero per cent chance’ Harry will return to royal fold - aides

Sunday 18 February 2024 10:38 , Barney Davis

Buckingham Palac aides have insisted that there is “zero per cent chance” that Prince Harry will walk in to help out the new slimmed down monarchy as King Charles undergoes cancer treatment.

Palace sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that there is “no way back” for Harry, who said in a US interview this week that he thought the King’s illness was a chance to unify his family.

It’s thought that the terms of the Sandringham Summit, which detailed Harry and Meghan’s exit from the working royal family, still stand which rules out a “half in, half out” approach to the monarchy.

Reports yesterday suggested the Duke of Sussex had told pals he would consider a temporary return to the firm.

Royal aides blocked ‘blocked Harry from joining King Charles in Sandringham’ - report

Sunday 18 February 2024 09:59 , Barney Davis

King Charles aides feared they “would never get rid” of Prince Harry as he tried to get into Sandringham to see his father.

A Royal insider told the Sun: “Harry came over to see his father, expecting to go to Sandringham. But instead he was asked to be at Clarence House and was restricted to 30 minutes.

“The fear was that if he went to Sandringham they would never get rid of him.”

It is believed to be the first time that the prince would have seen his father alone since the Queen died with the Prince wanting to share a “heart to heart” with the King.

Prince Harry has now returned to North America.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Prince William preventing Harry from returning to royal fold - report

Sunday 18 February 2024 08:28 , Barney Davis

Prince William has reportedly told friends that he thinks it would be a “bad idea” for his brother Harry to return and take up a role in the wake of their father’s cancer diagnosis.

A royal source told OK! Magazine William has made it “absolutely and categorically clear that he would not allow Harry to return. He thought it was a bad idea at the time and he’s even more clear now”.

The insider said whatever is being discussed by the two senior royals is private, before adding: “If anyone is going to take on more duties it will be William and that isn’t even on the agenda for now.

“His main focus is on his father’s health, his family and what is best for the monarchy. There is a zero per cent chance Harry is coming back in any capacity.”

It comes after friends of the duke told a newspaper that he would be willing to step in and play a role while his father receives cancer treatment.

A royal source told The Times that Charles, 75, was keen to reconcile and see more of his son, adding: “On all practical levels it makes perfect sense for the family to come together to support the King while he’s sick.”

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

ICYMI: Prince Harry ‘loves every single day’ of life in America: ‘Citizenship has crossed my mind’

Sunday 18 February 2024 03:00 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry has admitted that “American citizenship is a thought that has crossed my mind” because he “loves every single day” of life in the US.

The Duke of Sussex spoke with Good Morning America in an interview released on Friday 16 February.

“I have considered it, yeah,” Harry said, when asked about US citizenship.

“American citizenship is a thought that has crossed my mind but is not a high priority right now.”

Harry and his wife, Meghan, live in Montecito, California with their two children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

Watch the clip here:

Prince Harry ‘loves every day’ of life in America: ‘Citizenship has crossed my mind’

Prince Harry says he is considering becoming an American citizen as life in US is ‘amazing’

Sunday 18 February 2024 02:00 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry has revealed that he has considered becoming a US citizen and that his life in America is “amazing”.

The Duke of Sussex addressed the subject, four years after he left the UK with his wife Meghan to live in the US, in an interview with Good Morning America on Friday.

Full report:

Harry says he is considering becoming an American citizen as life in US is ‘amazing’

ICYMI: Harry and Meghan attend Invictus event in first public appearance since King’s diagnosis

Sunday 18 February 2024 01:00 , Matt Mathers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance since King Charles III revealed his cancer diagnosis.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Canadian military veterans in Vancouver on Friday 16 February, as part of “One Year to Go” events for the Invictus Games 2025.

Earlier this month, Charles revealed he had been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer after treatment of an enlarged prostate.

Prior to the public appearance, Harry said the diagnosis could “reunify” the royal family, after flying 5,000 miles to see Charles in London following the news.

Watch a clip of their appearance here:

Harry and Meghan make first public appearance since King’s diagnosis