Harry set for first public engagement since royal crisis as Meghan visits another Canada charity

The Duke of Sussex will today conduct his first public engagement since announcing that he and his wife Meghan will be stepping back as senior royals.

Harry will later host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace, where he will meet with representatives from all 21 nations taking part.

It comes as the duchess was spotted on a visit to a second women’s charity in Canada since leaving the UK amid discussions over the couple’s future within the royal family.


Stage set for Trump impeachment trial after articles marched to Senate

Democratic House leaders have marched the formal articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate.

The files detailing the charges were taken through the Capitol last night, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in US history.

“Today we will make history,” House speaker Nancy Pelosi said as she signed the documents, using multiple pens to hand out and mark the moment.

Mr Trump complained anew it was all a “hoax,” even as fresh details emerged about his efforts in Ukraine.

The House impeached Mr Trump a month ago, alleging he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival among other allegations.


Long-Bailey emerges as new Labour leadership favourite – poll

Rebecca Long-Bailey has emerged as the new favourite in the Labour leadership race, according to a new poll.

The shadow business secretary appears to have clawed back ground on Sir Keir Starmer, who has long been considered as the frontrunner in the battle for the crown.

Ms Long-Bailey would win 42 per cent of first preference votes to the shadow Brexit secretary’s 37 per cent, the latest poll from Survation last night showed.


Lisa Armstrong denies reports of £31m divorced deal with Ant McPartlin

Ant McPartlin’s ex-wife Lisa Armstrong has denied reports she is to receive £31 million in a divorce settlement reached this week.

ITV presenter McPartlin, 44, offered up more than half of his estimated £50 million fortune to settle the legal battle, according to the Sun.

But taking to Twitter, make-up artist Armstrong, 43, has since denied the reports and said: “Nope a load of nonsense AGAIN….”


Bond bosses drop biggest hint yet next 007 may not be white

James Bond bosses have dropped the biggest hint yet that the next actor to play 007 will not be white, but squashed rumours Daniel Craig’s successor would be a woman.

No Time To Die will be Craig’s last outing as the M16 spy, and rumours have been swirling that the person to take over the role may not be male or white.

But Barbara Broccoli, producer of the iconic series, has now said: “he can be of any colour, but he is male.”


On this day…

1547: Ivan the Terrible, first Russian to assume title of Tsar, was crowned.

1780: British forces under Admiral Rodney defeated the Spanish at Cape St Vincent.

1909: The magnetic South Pole was found by Ernest Shackleton.

1920: Prohibition started in the United States, banning the manufacture, sale or involvement with alcohol.

1928: Thomas Hardy was buried beside Charles Dickens in Westminster Abbey. His heart was buried in the grave of his first wife, Emma, in Wessex.

1950: Listen With Mother started on radio, setting nursery rhymes to music. The catchphrase “Are you sitting comfortably?” originated in this series.

1970: Colonel Gaddafi became prime minister of Libya.

1979: The Shah of Iran fled to Egypt from Tehran after being ousted by Ayatollah Khomeini.

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