(CNN) - Erik Prince, the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, makes a number of appearances in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Noted for his ties to the United Arab Emirates, Prince was a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump during the campaign and spent time around senior officials with the Trump transition team, including former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Prince is the brother of Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Over the past two years, Prince has come under scrutiny for connections he may have been trying to make between the incoming Trump administration and Russian officials. Of particular interest is a meeting Prince had in January 2017
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Could Meghan Markle's Baby Be Born on the Queen's Birthday?
Budding gardeners are being offered the chance to work for the Queen – on a weedy salary. The full-time job comes with bed and board at Buckingham Palace. But whoever lands it won't exactly be raking in the cash along with the autumn leaves, as it pays just £18,100 a year for a five-day week. The successful applicant will be expected to cut grass, tend shrubs and prune roses – as well as get up with the lark ready for a 7.30am start. The salary works out at just over £9 an hour for an average week of 37.5 hours. And it is still an improvement on the £16,500 offered when the same job was advertised in 2016 and the £14,950 tag it carried in 2014. The advert to join the Royal Family's Gardens and
It's Easter Weekend, and whether due to school holidays or impending births, many of the British royals we usually follow are taking some time out of the spotlight. But the head of the Church of England and her heir—Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles —are still discharging their duties. Since last year, Charles has taken on the somber task of sending out an Easter message that addresses a pressing issue in society. Last year, he released a video in support of Christians experiencing persecution. This year the message was an opinion piece published in the Friday edition of The Telegraph about rising crime in the U.K., specifically the scourge of stabbings. He wrote: Recently, Prince Harry and
Bob Cavallo was starting to panic. Three weeks behind schedule, the movie producer had only one week to shoot all of the concert scenes for “Purple Rain.” If he didn't meet the deadline, his insurance company would bring in a new producer and director to finish the movie. The first-time producer was working with a first-time director and, of course, a first-time star. Needless to say, he was beyond anxious. Cavallo arranged for no fewer than five cameras to shoot the performances by Prince and the Revolution, the Time and Vanity 6. “You know how perfect Prince was,” he recalled. “If there was a spot he had to land on with a body spin, it was exactly the same every time.” The deadline was met.
A bead of sweat trickles down Chris Jackson’s forehead as he steadies his forefinger over his camera’s shutter-release button. Around him, the hubbub from fellow photographers, the police and crowds of fans crescendos to a dull murmur as he waits for “the” moment. In just a few seconds, Jackson will have taken hundreds of photographs capturing the first moment the world sets eyes on the newest member of the British royal family outside the Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Prince William, 36, tunes into episodes of DIY SOS and writes personal letters to families helped by the show, presenter Nick Knowles has revealed. Appearing on today's episode of Lorraine, presented by Christine Lampard, the host opened up about William being a fan of the show. The builder told how he appreciated the royals coming along to builds, and that it brought 'a lot of attention' to worthwhile projects. The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry have taken part in several episodes of the programme, with William most recently donning a hard hats for a Grenfell tower DIY SOS project last year. When Christine asked if they royals were viewers of the programme, he nodded, explaining:
The Duke of Edinburgh has become the third oldest royal in British history. Philip, 97, has overtaken Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who was 97 years and 10 months when she died in 1981. Royal expert Ingrid Seward, said: “Philip has always been tremendously fit but it is still a remarkable achievement to be so active at his age.” Princess Alice, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, lived for 35,741 days. The duke, who retired from public duties when he was 96, has reached 35,742 days of age. He is the oldest ever male member of the British royals. But the record for oldest British royal ever goes to Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who lived to 102, followed by the Queen Mother, who
TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods.
At least we still have one public servant determined to keep calm and carry on. With protesters shutting down the capital on a whim, the police in a dither and the political classes in hiding from a shambles of their own making, there isn't much to make one want to leap like a spring lamb this weekend. Yesterday, however, we had a very reassuring reminder that the ship of state is not quite on the rocks. There is, thankfully, someone we can still rely on up on the bridge. Dressed in bright daffodil yellow, a beaming Queen was clearly enjoying every moment of the annual Royal Maundy ceremony on a warm spring day at St George's Chapel, Windsor. Just three days short of her 93rd birthday, the message
While the social habits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk have been picked apart by the tabloid media, up to now there has been precious little about the kindergarten set, namely Prince George. It's left us wondering: who are his friends? Other than call himself Archie, what does he does he do for fun? That question got a preliminary answer at a family outing at the Burnham Horse Trials Friday, when the five-year-old Prince had a blast with his second cousin Mia Tindall. Mia, also five, is the granddaughter of Princess Anne and the daughter of Zara Tindall, an Olympic equestrian and her husband, Mike Tindall, a former rugby player. A photo of her and Prince George shows them laughing