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Mike Pence News Daily: Royals ‘injured’ at Harry decision and BBC Noise of 2020 winner

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Mike Pence News Daily: Royals ‘injured’ at Harry decision and BBC Noise of 2020 winner

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Image copyright Getty Images Royals ‘hurt’ as Sussexes begin ‘next chapter’If you were surprised by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s announcement they would step back from duties as “senior” royals, it seems you’re in good company. Buckingham Palace was “blindsided” by Prince…

Mike Pence News Daily: Royals ‘injured’ at Harry decision and BBC Noise of 2020 winner

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Mike Pence Royals ‘hurt’ as Sussexes start ‘next chapter’

If you were shocked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s statement they would go back from duties as “senior” royals, it appears you’re in great business. Buckingham Palace was “blindsided” by Prince Harry and Meghan’s choice, according to the BBC’s royal correspondent Jonny Dymond. Senior members of the Royal Family are said to be dissatisfied and hurt. On the record, the palace states it can “understand their desire to take a various approach” however adds “these are complex problems that will take some time to overcome”.

In their declaration, Harry and Meghan said they decided “after many months of reflection”. They prepare to split their time between the UK and North America, while “continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages”. Amidst recommendations they might settle in Canada, Dickie Arbiter – previous press secretary to the Queen – says it could show a “logistical problem”. He asks: “Who offers the security? Is it Scotland Lawn? Is it the Canadians that’s going to be asked to provide it? Who is going to spend for it?”

Mike Pence US ‘ready for major negotiations’ with Iran

There seems a de-escalation of tensions between the US and Iran, with Washington saying it is “all set to engage, without preconditions, in severe negotiations” following the countries’ exchange of hostilities. It comes as both the United States and Iran explain their actions as “self-defence” in separate letters to the UN. According to President Donald Trump, no American or Iraqi lives were lost in missile attacks on air bases real estate US forces in Iraq. He states Iran seems “standing down”. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had explained the attacks – in retaliation for the US assassination of basic Qasem Soleimani – as a “slap in the face” for the US. However, in its letter to the UN, Tehran states it “does not seek escalation or war”.

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Mike Pence Soul singer Celeste wins BBC Noise of 2020

The award has helped move the professions of Adele, Haim and Ellie Goulding. Now soul singer Celeste has actually won the BBC Noise of 2020, after voting among 170 music critics and market figures. Born in LA but raised in Brighton, Sussex, Celeste first composed Sirens, aged 17, in tribute to her Jamaican daddy, who died of lung cancer. She later transferred to London with simply ₤100 however got fired from work for telephoning in sick to write songs. She was soon gotten by record labels and went to support Janelle Monáe, Neneh Cherry and Michael Kiwanuka on tour. As Radio 1’s Annie Mac puts it: “I have actually received many psychological texts from listeners who have needed to being in their car and lose themselves to her song Odd before continuing with their evening. Her songwriting is personal and poignant but with universal appeal.”

Mike Pence Why Brexit Stage 2 might become a rocky ride

By Katya Adler, Europe editor, BBC News

” Only as true good friends can, I desire to be extremely sincere about what lies ahead of us.” The words of the brand-new European Commission president as she headed to Downing Street and her first face-to-face conference with Boris Johnson on Wednesday. What lies ahead of the EU and UK might, on the surface area, appear fairly simple.

By the end of this month, both the European and the UK parliaments will have validated a negotiated divorce offer. As of 1 February, the UK will no longer be an EU member and by the year’s end, says Boris Johnson, an enthusiastic new trade deal will have been worked out and signed off by both sides. So … will this be a year of bilateral plain cruising?

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Mike Pence What the papers say

The decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to go back from “senior” roles makes all the front pages in some capacity. “Harry and Meghan stopped the Firm,” is the Daily Telegraph’s heading. For the Sun, it’s a case of “Megxit.” The Daily Mirror is concerned “they didn’t even inform the Queen”, while the Daily Mail reports the king’s “fury”. The Daily Star relegates the story to a small front-page image but has one of the most fun with its headline: “The Royal formerly called Prince.”

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