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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Category: Europe

The world mourns Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth

Announcements of obituary follow from world leaders on the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the late Prince’s role in the reconciliation between Germany and Britain. Several countries announced their flags at half-mast.

The British Weapons College said that Prince Philip’s funeral will not be official and that his body will not be recorded so that the public can take a final look at him before the funeral, and added that the ceremony has been modified in light of the restrictions imposed to combat the Corona epidemic.

The college continued: “The funeral will not be formal and the body will not be placed in an open coffin. The body of His Royal Highness will lie in Windsor Castle before the funeral in St. George’s Church. These arrangements are consistent with tradition and with the wishes of His Highness.” “Funeral arrangements have been modified in light of the prevailing circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and unfortunately, we ask people not to attend or participate in any funeral-related events,” she added.

The Queen’s unwavering supporter
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his condolences on the death of Prince Philip, saying that Britain “will give thanks, as a country and a kingdom for his extraordinary life and work,” adding, “We remember the Duke … above all for his unwavering support to Her Majesty, not only as a companion who stood up to By her side every day of her reign, but also as a husband. She has had strength and support for more than 70 years. And I say to Her Majesty the Queen and her family: The hearts of our country are with you today. ”

Flags at half-mast in New Zealand, Australia and Norway
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed her condolences on the death of the Prince, on behalf of the Commonwealth country. Ardern was quoted as saying that “Prince Philip will be remembered fondly for the courage he has given to so many young New Zealanders through the (Hillary) Prize that the Duke of Edinburgh received,” referring to a youth program launched by the Prince. Ardern ordered the flags to be flown at half-mast on all government buildings and on navy ships, according to the statement.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined world leaders in the memorial service for Prince Philip. “Australians send their love and warmest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the royal family,” Morrison wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “He (Prince Philip) embodied a generation that we will never see again.” Morrison announced that flags will be lowered at half-mast in Australia “in honor of His Royal Highness.”

Meghan Markle’s father asks to meet Oprah Winfrey

The Duchess of Sussex’s father, Thomas Markle, says he is currently ready to talk to Oprah Winfrey, in a format similar to the recent interview with Prince Harry and his wife Markle.

The father reportedly delivered a message to a talk show host and media mogul hoping to sit down with him after her surprise encounter with his daughter Megan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry.

According to a report in the British newspaper “The Sun”, Markle was said to have gone over the weekend to Winfrey’s home in Montecito, California, and handed a note to her security guard that reportedly requested an interview with him about his relationship with his daughter Megan. However, no statement was made by Winfrey regarding the interview request.

According to the circulating news, Meghan’s father, who is a retired lighting manager in Hollywood, 76, has not spoken to his daughter since before her marriage to Prince Harry, nor has he ever met his daughter-in-law or grandson Archie.

American newspaper: Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and his wife is not free

The American “Wall Street Journal” revealed that “CBS” had paid a large sum of money in exchange for the rights of the expected interview with Britain’s Prince Harry and his American wife, Megan Markle.

The US channel paid a sum of $ 7- 9 million to private media production company, Oprah Winfrey, to win the rights to broadcast the interview.

A spokeswoman for Harry and Megan revealed that the couple were not compensated for the interview.

According to the agreement concluded with Winfrey, the “CBS” network owns the rights of the interview in the global markets, as the interview will be broadcast, on Monday, on the “ITV” channel in Britain, for an unspecified sum of money.

The highly anticipated interview is scheduled to be published later, on Sunday evening, at prime time, after the well-known program “60 Minutes”.

Choosing this date is not in vain. Sunday nights are the times that most Americans watch TV, especially CBS, according to Sky News Arabia.

Thrilling to the fans, CBS broadcast small clips of the interview, which will last for two hours.

It is these details that Winfrey contacted Meghan Markle before her wedding in 2020, to conduct an interview, a request that was rejected.

Megan also accused Buckingham Palace of “inculcating slanders” about her and her husband, and said that they would not refrain from publishing their version of events.

The royal palace said it was “extremely concerned” by reports in “The Times” that said Megan had bullied aides who worked with her two years ago.

But the couple denied the matter, which increases the importance of the interview, which will reveal the secrets of the relationship in the royal family in Britain.

The TV interview is the first since Harry and Meghan left royal duties and bought a home in the United States last year.

Harry and Meghan are officially out of the royal family

A year after they quit their royal duties, Prince Harry will give up his honorary military appointments and patronage, having assured Queen Elizabeth II that he and his wife Megan Markle will no longer be serving members of the royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are formally known, has since embarked on a new life involving several commercial ventures in the United States, and they now live in California.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sitting next to Ross Kemp cheer on a wedding proposal as they attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020, in London, England. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Paul Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan announced in January last year that they had left the royal family, and this measure comes after they announced at the beginning of the same month their intention to leave and be financially independent and divide their time between Canada and the United Kingdom. The couple’s agreement with Buckingham Palace expires on March 31, 2021.

The Duke of Sussex will lose his military titles, while his wife will lose her sponsorship of charitable activities, according to a royal palace statement that said, “Everyone is sad about this decision.”


“The Queen has written an affirmation that by giving up the business of the royal family, the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service cannot be continued,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement Friday.

Desert sands color the sky in France In yellow-orange

On Saturday, clouds of sandy dust that were carried by the winds from the desert covered the sky of France, which led to the “coloration” of the southern and eastern skies in yellow.

“The low pressure in the Iberian Peninsula causes strong air currents from the south, which brought sand from the desert to France,” the organization “Meteo France” stated on its website.

The authority added that “the presence of sand in the air gave a yellow-orange color to the sky in southern, eastern, and central-eastern France, on Saturday morning.”

Many social media users published pictures of different regions, from Toulouse (southwest) to Strasbourg (east), passing through Lyon (east), and Grenoble (southeast), showing natural landscapes and famous sites under the influence of this phenomenon.

The origin of the sandstorm is low off Morocco, the dust that was then carried by the winds raised.

Frederick Nathan, a meteorologist at Meteo France, explained that the rise of sand particles from the desert “is a phenomenon that occurs regularly, provided there are relatively strong southern air masses, especially in the fall and winter.”
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Egypt turns the tables on Slovenia and qualifies for the World Cup quarter-finals

The Egyptian national team managed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Handball Championship, which is currently being held in Egypt, after turning the tables on its Slovenian counterpart, scoring a fair score of 25-25, for the matches of the last round of the fourth group of the main round.

The Egyptian national team ended the first half 8-12 late, before Al-Ahmar’s companions turned the tables on Slovenia in the second half by achieving a draw and qualifying in an official capacity for the quarter-finals.

The Egyptian national team was able to raise its score to the seventh point at the top of the standings, waiting for the result of the match between Sweden and the Russian Federation to know the final position of the Pharaohs.

Messi suspended two matches after slapping the Bilbao player

The Spanish Football Association’s Competitions Committee revealed, on Tuesday, the penalty imposed on Barcelona club captain Lionel Messi, after receiving a red card directly against Athletic Bilbao, for the Spanish Super Cup final, following the attack on Acier Villalibri without a ball.

And the Spanish newspaper “Marca” indicated that the Competitions Committee decided to suspend Messi for two matches, due to slapping the Athletic Bilbao player.

Lionel Messi will be absent from the match against Cornia, next Thursday, in the 32nd round of the King’s Cup, in addition to the Elche match, next Sunday, in the 20th round of the Spanish Football League.

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