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WHO asked Prince Harry if he had killed anyone? We don’t know. But he has done. Harry says he took enemy fighters “out of the game”.
Harry’s returned from work as a co-pilot helicopter gunner in Afghanistan. Has tells media:
“Yeah, so lots of people have…The squadron’s been out here. Everyone’s fired a certain amount. Take a life to save a life. That’s what we revolve around, I suppose. If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game, I suppose.”
FACE of the day: Princess Beatrice peers through a giant credit card as she visits e-commerce company ‘Zalando in Berlin with her sister Princess Eugenie, during their first joint overseas engagement. The royal sisters will travel to Germany for a two-day tour promoting the UK as part of the Great Campaign – a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK.
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THE Duchess of Cambridge says her first official portrait is “amazing”. The Mona KAte is the work of Paul Emsley. He was told by Kate:
“It’s just amazing, I thought it was brilliant.”
Has Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, taken the showbiz shilling and given an interview with OK!, bastion of journalist excellence? No. This is OK!, the mag that had Jack Tweed enact a photoshoot with Jade Goody’s ghost and which told us in its last issue:
In our 2011 Christmas edition of OK! magazine, we published an article, advertised on the front cover, accompanied by what many readers thought was a picture of Katie [Price], Peter Andre and her children which stated that she had given us an interview telling us that she would be reuniting with her ex-husband at Christmas.
In fact, Katie never gave us an interview or stated that she would be reuniting with Peter at Christmas and the picture was in fact a picture of Peter and the children (which he had posed for), which we ran together with a picture of Katie.
Vogue: “Katepedia: A Study In Royal Style”
To celebrate the style evolution of a modern royal icon, this month Vogue, with writer Lisa Armstrong, set itself the task of analysing her every outfit, shoe and accessory to divine the vital statistics of Kate’s style…
“Both she and William share a genius from coming across as down-to-earth – with just enough glamour for them not to look like the Dutch royals,” writes Armstrong. “It’s the same knack that enables Kate to wear a high-fashion dress from Jonathan Saunders or McQueen, with her beloved courts and make millions of other women feel they could wear it too.”
But they don’t wear it, too. Read more on the over-hyped Kate Effect here.
For all this – and her role in the stratospheric increase in sales of sheer tights – see our February issue, on sale nationwide from Wednesday January 9.
Kate’s like one of World War 2 GIs with her fancy stockings.
One writer peeks:
It said that as long as she sufficiently recovered from the severe morning sickness that resulted in her hospitalisation last month, she could be expected to wear raised waists that “accommodate, rather than flaunt” her growing bump and that her look would need to be tweaked rather than overhauled.
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch – Day 29 of the Duchess of Cambridge’s womb news: Diana, Bond and lavender biscuits on ice:
THIS year, Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas Speech will be a “lecture”.
As the ‘RTÉ TV Guide states:
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: The Duchess of Cambridge is a bag lady:
National Ledger: “Kate Middleton is pregnant and many are celebrating including those in the fashion world.”
To celebrate the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy, Gucci has made an exclusive bag for Duchess Catherine.
The Italian fashion house has created the Catherine Bag for the 30-year-old royal, following the announcement she is expecting her first child with husband Prince William .
Guccio Gucci, grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci, says the bag is completely handmade and hand-sewn, and “was inspired by Kate’s delicate features and immense charm”.
They made a leather bag because it looked like Kate’s face. So leathery is Kate what when she opens her mouth you don’t know whether to listen or toss your keys in…
Daily Mail: “Royal nurse who answered hoax call about Duchess of Cambridge had attempted to kill herself twice before
Jacintha Saldanha made two attempts to kill herself last winter”
The nurse took an overdose during visit to India
She survived but tried to jump from a building nine days later
Those facts soon become:
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha… is believed to have tried to commit suicide twice previously.
IS Her Majesty the Queen leaving Prince Philip?
Germaine Greer, Brisbane Times: “Kate’s condition can kill, it’s no joke”
ON March 31, 1855, Charlotte Bronte died. She was 38 years old, married a mere nine months and she was pregnant. What killed her was probably the same disorder that is now afflicting the Duchess of Cambridge.
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: the Duchess of Cambridge in the news – day 17:
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year
US Weekly: “Pregnant Kate Middleton Feeling “Very Well” After Second Bout of Acute Morning Sickness”
“A decision wasn’t made until the very last minute due to Catherine’s health,” a source told Us Weekly of Middleton’s attendance. “She doesn’t feel well enough to carry out a lengthy engagement but was determined to pay tribute to [Team GB sportsmen and women].”
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Day 15 of The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy in the news:
Tonight Kate presented the BBC Spots Personality of the Year award to Bradley Wiggins. David Beckham failed to win with his impression of John Inman.
Courier Mail: “Royal couple William and Kate ‘to be strict parents'”
The late Princess Diana’s hairdresser and confidant Richard Dalton believes the royal couple will be keeping things low-key when the baby arrives.
“William was brought up to work hard and respect others, so I don’t envisage him or Kate allowing their child to be spoilt – far from it!” he assured British magazine new!
“I should think they’ll both be quite strict.”
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch – Day 14 of the Duchess of Cambridge womb news round-up:
Parade: “Kate’s Pregnancy: Why Are We So Obsessed?”
Because it sells magazines?
What of Jacintha Saldanha?
Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Jacintha Saldanha, suicide notes, death threats and prestigious imitation
The front pages:
Daily Mirror: “HOAX NURSE ANGER AT HOSPITAL IN SUICIDE NOTE”
The Guardian: “Hoax call victim left suicide note criticising hospital staff”
The 3 suicide notes
A source close to Jacintha’s family said: “One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone. Needless to say, Ben wants a full inquiry into what happened, and he wants to make sure the truth comes out. Within the letter Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital.”
IN photos: Queen Elizabeth II tours the gold vault during her visit to the Bank of England in central London. You should see her basement…
This will be the most scrutinised, most photographed, most copied pregnancy the world has ever seen.
So says Ostler, who has column to fill in the Daily Mail.
In this celebrity-obsessed, internet age, it is certain that every decision mother-to-be Kate makes until her baby’s birth will prove to be a trend-setting one — analysed and imitated across the globe.
She “died days after falling victim to the hoax that targeted the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated”.
THE QUEEN has been replaced by an iguana. Or, as David Icke and his supports would have it, Her Majesty has been unmasked and is now appearing as her natural lizard self on the bank notes of Fiji.
Also in place of Liz’s face is a snake, a parrot and some native Fijian flowers.
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: The Columnists ignore Kate Middleton:
John Walsh (Indy): He began his words on world’s news by telling reader on December 3:
Extinguish all rational thought. Abandon all hope that the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement will make the front pages this week. Stand aside, Leveson Inquiry and its fretful consequences. There’s a royal foetus out there and it’s instantly eclipsed all other news.
On the same day as Walsh was proving his point in a few hundred words, Zoe Williams hammered out a few hundred words of her own for Guardian readers on how she doesn’t care for Kate:
Kate Middleton’s pregnancy: 10 stories I don’t want to read – From baby name suggestions to speculation about Pippa, there are some articles that should remain in the writer’s imagination
Williams then spends her time writing about things she’s thought about what doesn’t want to read other people writing about:
1. An endless list of things she shouldn’t be eating or drinking …You read this incessantly – “Peaches Geldof will be particularly keen to avoid alcohol”; “Sophie Dahl especially won’t want to eat bagged salad…
Salad, you say?
2. Anything at all about their sex life – If there is one thing more nauseating than a mumsy tip about positioning round a bump, and I am leaning away from my computer and wincing even as I type that, it is the unbidden image of Prince William having sex with anyone, of any shape…
3. Speculation about whether it’s a boy or a girl – I had a friend who, when asked if it was a boy or a girl, used to say “I hope so”, and then make a sarcastic face.
4. Suggestions for baby names – The royal family actually invented a crude version of the internet, some centuries ago: the Posh Name Generator. It gave you a list of four names, Elizabeth, Henry, James or Mary…
Any more suggestions?
5. How soon Pippa Middleton will want to get pregnant
6. Anything that mistakes hyperemesis gravidarum for “bad morning sickness” – It is like mistaking pneumonia for “a bad cold”.
7. How hyperemesis gravidarum is actually quite good for keeping the weight off, if you manage it correctly
8. An imaginative reconstruction of how Diana would take the news, were she still alive – She would greet the news just like anybody else who’s ever been given this news.
No need to imagine. Williams knows.
9. Fashion-related comments wondering “whither the modest frock dress?” one day, and “why can’t you be sexy-pregnant, like that nice Megan Fox?” the next – If fashion can’t agree – which it can’t – then it should discuss something else.
10. Any article headlined “Dilatey-Katey”
Three days later and the Telegraph’s Allison Pearson was taking a view about not taking a view:
Back off, people – the Duchess of Cambridge is not a brood mare
Pearson backs off – to get a better view:
…The foetus currently measures about an inch and its feet are starting to lose their webbed appearance…The textbooks tell us that the hands can now bend at the wrist, though, obviously, it will be many years before the little prince or princess gets the hang of that weird, window-cleaning Royal Wave. Give it time…The couple didn’t plan on making the pregnancy public until Christmas, when they could have had a scan and been pretty confident that all was well. No chance of that now. Not when the tiny creature, oblivious in its amniotic pool, is already declared third in line to the throne, and historians on the radio speculate as to how old he or she will be when they finally inherit the Crown. Maybe 70, or even 80, if the Windsor longevity continues, they say. And it’s at this point that you yell at the radio and tell the historians to shut up.
Shunt up! Or carry on writing:
…If you were her, still in that anxious first trimester and in hospital with your head stuck in a grey cardboard vomit carton and your arm hooked up to fluids, how much would you want millions of people speculating about your insides and choosing your baby’s name for you? Me neither.
Grace Dent then noted in the Indy:
Who exactly is supposed to be interested in Kate’s baby? Not me – and not anyone I know
Dent then informs her readers that she, gay men, straight men don’t care about Kate’s womb.
I Don’t Care About Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Because I Care About Freedom
Freedom to write a few hunders word on Kate’s pregnancy…
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Peter Hunt – @BBCPeterHunt – Royal correspondent for the BBC, has a tweet:
If William and Kate’s child is a boy, the Palace say it’ll be a prince; a girl will be a princess.
Prince Edward is away.
The front pages
Only the Daily Star leads with news of Kate’s pregnancy, and only then it’s about Jacintha Saldanha.
“ROYAL Radio Hoaxers Face Jail – Prank victim nurse left suicide note”
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch – Day 10 of the Duchess of Cambridge’s womb news: Can we honour Jacintha Salanha by naming the Royal baby after her? Will DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian make a pilgrimage to see Lord Leveson on holiday in Australia? Who will win the PR fight for the nurse’s soul?
The front pages:
Who’s the most upset?
The Sun: “Hoax two in tears at nurse’s suicide”
Daily Mail: “Anguish of the Suicide Nurse’s family”
The Scotsman: “Family miss ‘Royal hoax nurse’ every moment of every day”
The Mirror: “Daughter’s tears for victim of Kate prank”
The Guardian: “A mother mourned”
i: “Australian DJs ‘gutted’ over hoax nurse death”
Daily Star: “DJ Mel Sobs for Royal Nurse”
The Star’s front page has Mel looking teary eyed up to image of Jacintha’s family.