Prince Harry and Meghan: How they want to do their own thing

  • 9 January 2020
  • From the section UK
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There is the personal statement, in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex explain their thinking behind stepping back from royal life.

There is the beautifully produced website where the couple go into more detail about how they think the future will pan out.

And beyond that there are questions, questions, questions and more questions.

It doesn't take long for some pretty obvious contradictions to emerge. Three times in their statement the couple say how much they look forward to serving the Queen.

But the Queen was not given a chance to see their plans, let alone agree to them.

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Princes Harry and William: 'An irreparably changed relationship'

  • 23 October 2019
  • From the section UK
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"For ordinary people like you and me," a Palace official said to me recently, "there's always death and taxes. For them" - he meant the royals themselves - "there's death, taxes and the media."

As the dust settles on the most revealing royal interviews since Princess Diana spoke to the BBC in 1995, this is still the reality that Harry and Meghan, and the rest of the Royal Family, have to live with.

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Supreme Court ruling leaves Queen in middle of political storm

  • 24 September 2019
  • From the section UK
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As the Supreme Court ruling hacked a new path through Britain's system of government, brushing ancient royal powers to one side, from Buckingham Palace came - nothing.

This is precisely where the Queen does not want to be - right in the middle of a political and constitutional hurricane, with the Supreme Court redefining the relationship between judiciary, legislature, government and monarch.

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Cameron and the Queen: Why does it matter what he says?

  • 20 September 2019
  • From the section UK
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Media captionMr Cameron explains how he sought the Queen's help in Scottish independence vote

If you are confused by the British system of government you are in good company.

As one expert put it: "The British constitution has always been puzzling and always will be." That was the Queen. If she finds it puzzling, you can too.

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Prince William set to 'wander among bones of Empire'

  • 24 June 2018
  • From the section UK
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The Duke of Cambridge is embarking upon an historic tour of the Middle East - visiting both Israel and the Palestinian territories - in a trip in which ironies and sensitivities will abound.

The Royal Family is keenly aware of its own history. Prince William is this week visiting a region that rarely forgets its past.

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Royal wedding 2018: Media tactics unravel in run-up to big day

  • 16 May 2018
  • From the section UK
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Meghan Markle's family has found itself on the world stage ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday. As more doubt is cast on whether her father will attend the ceremony, the Royal Family's closely-controlled media operation has at times seemed to be unravelling.

How has Kensington Palace, the office and residence of Prince Harry, which has rolled out the royal wedding plans and strategy over the past few months, dropped the ball so spectacularly in the last four days?

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Royal wedding 2018: Media intrusion and the shadow of Diana

  • 15 May 2018
  • From the section UK
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There is a terrible shadow hanging over this wedding; the same shadow that hung over Harry for so long; the same shadow that hangs still over the House of Windsor and the writers and photographers who chronicle it.

It is the shadow of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Edward Snowden leaks: NSA 'debates' amnesty

An amnesty for Edward Snowden is an intriguing prospect. But don't hold your breath. Richard Ledgett's boss, General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, poured very cold water on the idea when he spoke to CBS News.

And much of Congress, which gave every indication of wanting to see Mr Snowden torn limb from limb when the leaks started, would be apoplectic; it would be an unimaginably hard-sell politically.

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China 'monitored' US bombers in new air zone

  • 27 November 2013
  • From the section China

No-one should be surprised that the US has acted as it has. Washington's first reaction to China's unilateral extension of its airspace was robust.

The idea that Washington was going to start filing flight plans with China before flying over the East China Sea was a non-starter.

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US B-52 bombers challenge disputed China air zone

  • 26 November 2013
  • From the section Asia

No-one should be surprised that the US has acted as it has. Washington's first reaction to China's unilateral extension of its airspace was robust.

The idea that Washington was going to start filing flight plans with China before flying over the East China Sea was a non-starter.

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