Palace aides believed that the Duchess of Sussex was deliberately laying a 'trail of evidence' as she carefully plotted her departure from the Royal Family, a new book claims. It alleges that her aides - who named themselves the 'Sussex Survivors' Club' after Meghan and Harry quit their roles - called the Duchess a 'narcissistic sociopath'. Extracts of Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown by Valentine Low were published by The Sunday Times last night. Core members of the Survivors' Club included Samantha Cohen (pictured with the Duchess, middle) - whom the Queen had personally asked to step in as the couple's private secretary and who worked for the Sussexes from after their wedding in May 2018 until the end of their South Africa tour in September 2019 - and Sara Latham, who was in charge of communications. Others included assistant press secretary Marnie Gaffney. Extracts claim that Ms Cohen, who had 17 years' experience of working at the Palace, would frequently say to Edward Young (bottom right), the Queen's private secretary, and Clive Alderton (top right), Charles's private secretary, that if it all went wrong, the Palace needed evidence of the duty of care it had shown to Harry and Meghan.
Revealed: Hero pallbearers who carried the Queen's coffin at historic state funeral will be flown back to Iraq to combat ISIS extremists
The eight soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards were flown back from operational service in Iraq to take part in Monday's funeral. They were praised for perfecting the task on Her Majesty's final and saddest journey while watched by billions around the globe. However, the band of brothers will fly this week into an airbase in northern Iraq used to combat ISIS extremists in Syria. The Grenadier Guards are protecting the base both UK and US Special Forces use to launch operations.
Did Nostradamus predict the Queen's death... 450 years ago? Intrigue fuels surge in sales for French astrologer's book after prophet 'forecast Her Majesty would die in 2022 aged 96'
Book sales about the astrologer Nostradamus have soared since Queen Elizabeth died, as people have suggested the French prophet predicted her death more than 450 years ago. In the week prior to the Queen's death, the book sold just five copies but by the week ending September 17 almost 8,000 copies had been sold pushing it to the top of the paperback charts. Within the book, that was first published in 2006, Reading interprets one quatrain as 'Queen Elizabeth II will die, circa 22, at the age of around 96'.
Liz Truss plans MORE tax cuts in the New Year: PM eyes up reforms to income tax, savings and child benefits in bid to unleash a 'decade of dynamism' after her Chancellor's mini-Budget sparked panic among markets and critics
Liz Truss is planning even more tax cuts as the new PM says she is 'unapologetic' after her Chancellor's mini-Budget sparked panic among markets and her critics. Reforms to income tax, pension pots, and child benefits are reportedly being drawn up Treasury officials as the PM makes a bid to unleash a 'decade of dynamism'. She defended Friday's Budget against criticism of tax cuts for higher earners, declaring in The Mail on Sunday that she was in pursuit of a 'low-tax nation rich in opportunity', despite the nervous reaction that also came from some of her own backbenchers. In his striking announcement to the Commons, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng scrapped the top 45p rate of tax and cut 1p from the basic rate in the biggest package of tax cuts by a British Government for half a century.
Queen's Meghan shock: Late monarch voiced 'surprise' that divorcee Duchess wanted to wear a pure white wedding dress - and also ticked her off for chastising kitchen worker who was preparing special menu, KATIE NICHOLL's bombshell book claims
When Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, stepped back as working Royals and moved to America, William didn't just lose a brother, he lost his best friend. To this day, he cannot forgive Harry, not least because of the consequences for his wife, Kate, and for their children. KATIE NICHOLL's new book claims the late Queen was surprised by Meghan's wedding dress choice, that she had to step in and that royal brother's rift remains damaged. If the departure of the Sussexes has been hurtful and upsetting to William on a personal level, the rift between the brothers has raised fundamental questions about the responsibilities of Royalty, about its purpose and value in the modern age. And it will be down to the future King William and Queen Catherine to provide the answers.
Gung-ho PM Liz Truss splits cabinet with plan to increase migrant numbers in bid to boost UK economy amid labour shortages
The Prime Minister (on left, in parliament with her Chancellor and Levelling Up Secretary, and right) is facing resistance from her cabinet colleagues to a move that would see labour shortages plugged by allowing businesses to recruit more overseas workers. Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, Kemi Badenoch, the Trade Secretary, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Business Secretary, are said to be resistant to Liz Truss' plan. It is understood that Nadhim Zahawi, the Cabinet Office minister, who chaired a meeting on the proposals, is also in favour along with Ranil Jayawardena, the Environment Secretary, and Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor. Businesses have long been frustrated that the visa system for skilled work has not been responsive enough to shortages.
Lachlan Macdonald (pictured hiking), 46, from Glasgow, is understood to have lost his footing while on top of a ridge and fell backwards off a cliff near the Isle of Skye. The father-of-one was walking through Forcan Ridge, considered a challenging route, on The Saddle, the peak, at around 12pm on Saturday, September 17 when he died 'doing what he loved best'. He has been described as a 'man who could light up a hillside in seconds' and someone who had 'love, compassion and the ability to bring out the best in every situation'.
Fury at 'witch-hunt' sacking of maths teacher who refused to use a teenage pupil's preferred pronouns without obtaining parental permission first
A maths teacher has been sacked after refusing to affirm a pupil's gender change because he wanted to first obtain the permission of the student's parents. Kevin Lister is taking legal action against his employers for unfair dismissal, claiming he is a victim of a 'witch-hunt' for challenging 'dangerous transgender ideology'. He has been backed by campaigners as well as Tory MP Danny Kruger, who said he was 'very concerned' because recent government guidance says the teacher had been within his rights to apply caution. Mr Lister, a teacher at a school in Swindon, had enjoyed an unblemished 18-year teaching career before he was dismissed for 'gross misconduct' this month. He had refused to refer to a biologically female student, aged 17, by their preferred male name and he/him pronouns in A-level lessons.
REVEALED: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were NOT on the official guest list to see Queen lying in state amid claims they 'leapfrogged' mourners - but ITV say they WERE invited nonetheless as Queuegate plot thickens
The TV presenters created a 'hoo-ha' when they turned up nine days ago with two colleagues at Westminster Hall for what they say was to report for This Morning, said a source involved in processing the media list. In what is the latest twist in an astonishing queue-jumping row, the names of their production team were instead used to help them gain access. Since The Mail on Sunday broke details of the social media backlash against the pair last week, more than 70,500 members of the public have signed a petition calling on them to be axed from This Morning.
A horse got itself in a bit of a night-mare after it fell into a sink hole leading it to be saved by firefighters. The frightened animal was found stuck in the sink hole at Cockfield Fell, County Durham when the firefighters arrived at the scene. Calming the horse down, the firefighters tied a rope to the scared creature, managing to dig out a channel to create a step which helped the animal hope out of the hole on its own.
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Putin's crony Lavrov repeats threat to use nuclear weapons if Ukrainian territories absorbed into Russia after 'sham' referendums are attacked
Putin's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured left) has repeated threats that Russia would be prepared to use nuclear weapons in annexed Ukrainian territories.The comments came after an explicit warning on Thursday by former President Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Vladimir Putin (inset), that any weapons in Moscow's arsenal could be used to defend territories incorporated into Russia. That includes 'strategic nuclear weapons' such as Putin's giant new Sarmat missile (pictured right), Mr Medvedev said, and 'weapons based on new principles' - likely a reference to hypersonic technology that the Kremlin claims is invulnerable to air defences.