What the new tier system means for getaways The 23 countries you can (feasibly) visit after lockdown How to get a Covid test for your holiday Can you travel between tiers at Christmas? Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter It's official: lockdown 2.0 is over, and Britons are once again allowed to go on holiday. The Government's contentious new Tier system comes into motion today, and while that means the vast majority of regions in England are now subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 regulations, many of us can travel again; both domestically and abroad. Hotels and self-catering accommodation in England can reopen for leisure purposes in tiers 1 and 2, so long as you follow your regional rules, opening the door to staycations again. You may also now leave the country, and there are several destinations that have travel corridors, meaning you won't have to quarantine upon your return. Those in Tier 3, alas, are advised against all 'non-essential travel'. There are however three English regions in the lowest Tier 1 category: Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight. In other news today, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has now been approved for use in the UK, Heath Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed, paving the way for mass vaccination to start as early as next week. Scroll down for the latest news.
Tests show the University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine produces a strong immune response in older adults and scientists hope results will be ready by Christmas. In a 'rolling review' designed to speed up the process, the Oxford team have given regulators access to information to assess before they produce a final clinical data set, according to Prof Sarah Gilbert, lead researcher of Oxford’s vaccine development programme. The vaccine, named ChAdOx1 nCov-2019, has been shown to trigger a robust immune response in healthy adults aged 56-69 and people over 70. Phase three trials of the vaccine are ongoing, with early efficacy readings possible in the coming weeks. Despite this, however, Oxford’s scientists said they would not rush to publish the results of their efficiency trial, after the chair of the Oxford vaccine group, Professor Andrew Pollard, declared they were not in competition with the Pfizer and Moderna, who released their promising results last week, which were around 95 per cent effective. “We are not in a rush,” the professor shared. “It’s not a competition with the other developers. We’re trying to make sure we have very high quality data, working with other partners in other countries. When it’s ready is when we will publish the interim results.” Professor Pollard’s comments come after expectations that 100m doses of the Oxford vaccine, ordered by the UK authorities, would be available for Christmas. This would be enough to vaccinate most of the population - should it receive regulatory approval.
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Commuters could face a chilly winter on trains as the industry is set to recommend windows are kept open to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This is despite concerns being raised by scientists that coronavirus 'likes' lower temperatures and could have an impact on the severity of symptoms. Evidence has shown that whilst ventilation is important, there was a decrease in the severity of symptoms in the UK as temperatures rose in the summer months. Rail bosses are set to announce the measure in a bid to reassure commuters that trains are safe after seeing a decline of 400 million passengers during lockdown. Ali Chegini, a director at the Rail Safety and Standards Board, said: “Even though it’s cold, even though you have to wrap up and put woolly socks on, it’s better to keep windows open than to be exposed to the risk of infection.” He said four in every five trains had ventilation systems called HVAC, and that even if the windows do not open "moving air is better than not moving air in enclosed spaces." Mr Chegini admitted that although the aim was not to "get everybody back on the train,” he said that: "If you need to be back at work and you've got a choice between road and rail, road is not the panacea that was originally, without justification, put out there." This idea is due to be approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Rail Delivery Group, where it could become mandatory for windows to be kept open during journeys and for carriage doors to be opened at stations to aid airflow. Whilst improved ventilation will go some way to reassure passengers, in July government scientists decided that coronavirus spreads fastest at 4ºC amid the mounting concern over the threat of a winter resurgence. A senior member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said Covid-19 “likes” four degrees best - “it survives well at four degrees [celsius]”. Scientists are also understood to be increasingly confident that countries with temperate climates and with relatively severe flu seasons, such as Britain, will also be affected worse by Covid-19 in winter. The maximum capacity of trains has dropped by between 45 and 50 per cent, with social distancing rules driving a loss in ticket revenue estimated at £700m a month. Last month the standards board estimated that a passenger on a train where half of the seats were occupied could take 19,765 journeys without infection if they wore a mask. The board has since revised these figures following risking infection and swab testing to say a passenger could take 5,000 coronavirus-safe trips on average. This follows worries over air conditioning units reintroduced air back into rooms, potentially spreading coronavirus in enclosed spaces. Earlier this year, experts told the Telegraph that air conditioning units that do not have a “dedicated source of outside air supply into a room… could be responsible for recirculating and spreading airborne viral particles into the path of socially distanced users”. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, a fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering, said that even when using air conditioning units opening a window would be the best way to mitigate risk of infection. Huw Merriman, chairman of the Commons transport select committee, said: "Hospitality and leisure businesses in cities are dying because we have not got commuters. Commuters are a hardy, stoic bunch, but we are also considerate. You only get confidence if you are realistic with the rule set and then people aren't seen to breach anything." Susie Homan, a director at the Rail Delivery Group, said: "Hundreds of swab tests have been carried out so far showing no sign of Covid-19 on trains or stations and there are no reports of people getting the virus on the rail network." The Department for Transport said it was researching "the risk of Covid-19 transmission on public transport [and] evaluating how to attract passengers back on to the railways at the right time." Britain’s coronavirus-hit train network issue due to coast ministers up to £12 billion of taxpayers money following the scrapping of rail franchises.
The 24 countries you can (feasibly) visit right now Holidays may not return to normal 'for three years' The empty Greek island you should visit right now Covid latest: 'Circuit break' national lockdown being considered Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter Analysis by Telegraph Travel has revealed that Britons can now visit just 12 places without restrictions following the removal of Slovenia and Guadeloupe from the quarantine-free list. Holidaymakers can now travel to Italy, Germany, Turkey and the majority of Greece without having to self-isolate on arrival or return. Less popular tourist destinations such as San Marino, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and Greenland are also open for business, as are Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Slovakia. A further 12 destinations are feasible options, requiring Britons to show evidence of a negative PCR test, or else take submit to being tested on arrival. These include Madeira, the Azores and Cyprus, alongside several Caribbean countries including Barbados, Bermuda and St Lucia. The rest of the world, including new ‘travel corridors’ Thailand and Singapore, is not an option for ordinary holidaymakers, with many countries keeping their borders closed to commercial travel while the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Spain, France, Croatia, Malta, and a small number of Greek islands have all been struck off the ‘green list’ of quarantine-exempt destinations in recent weeks, sparking frantic scrambles among UK holidaymakers as they rushed to get home before quarantine rules came into effect.
Prostate cancer referrals have dropped by half since the start of lockdown, with 27,000 fewer men checked for the deadly disease, official figures show. Experts warned that missed checks during the coronavirus pandemic mean 3,500 men are at risk of dying from the condition. Prostate Cancer UK is calling on all men at increased risk of the disease – such as those aged over 50, black men and those with a history of the disease to talk to their GP about whether to have tests which can help make a diagnosis. Medics said thousands of men could face early death because of a lack of access to NHS checks during the virus crisis. The number of cases referred between April and June is the lowest for a decade, and 49.5 per cent lower than the same time last year, the NHS figures show. Experts said some men had stayed at home for fear of catching coronavirus, while others struggled to see their GP or saw their family doctor but could not obtain an urgent referral. Even in June, referrals were still down by 46 per cent in London and more than a third lower than normal in the north-west, north-east and Yorkshire, the figures show. Angela Culhane, the chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK said: "Detecting prostate cancer earlier helps save lives, but Covid-19 has made it harder for men to visit their doctor this year. "We estimate there could be 3,500 men in England with a higher-risk prostate cancer which has not yet been diagnosed. If we don't act now, we could face a future where thousands of men are diagnosed too late, when the cancer has advanced to a stage that cannot be cured." The charity is calling for all men with an increased risk of prostate cancer to talk to their GP about prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests, which can show changes requiring investigation. Experts also urged men to use the charity's 30-second risk checker to establish their own risk. Dr Sarah Jarvis, a GP backing the Prostate Cancer UK campaign, said: "It is a cause of enormous concern to me that cancer assessments have dropped so significantly in the last few months. "There have been many reasons for this – patients have been understandably concerned about being referred to hospital because of the risk of Covid-19, it has been harder to get a face to face appointment with a GP, and GPs have found it harder to get patients seen urgently.” Dr Richard Roope, a GP from Hampshire, said thousands of men could miss out on the chance to have their prostate cancer diagnosed when it can still be cured. "Prostate cancer kills more than 11,500 men each year," he said. "Most men won't have any symptoms until their cancer has progressed and is no longer curable, which is why I would encourage anyone who falls into a higher risk category – which includes men over 50, especially black men and those with a family history of prostate cancer – to act now and speak to their GP about the pros and cons of a PSA blood test." The campaign is backed by the BBC journalist and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Bill Turnbull, who has spoken about his own diagnosis. He said: "When I shared my story of prostate cancer in 2018 along with Stephen Fry, thousands of men spoke to their doctor and were also diagnosed. But the coronavirus pandemic has prevented so many of these vital conversations. That's why I really want men to take the simple 30-second online risk check now." Professor Peter Johnson, the NHS National Clinical Director for Cancer, said: “45,000 more people were referred for cancer treatment in June compared to the month before, while 85,000 people began cancer treatment during the first wave, with 92 per cent of them starting treatment within two weeks. “As well as referrals for cancer being maintained during the pandemic, including through GP appointments, the NHS also brought in ‘Covid friendly’ cancer drugs, including enzalutamide for prostate cancer, which enabled people to keep going with treatment safely at home, so if you’re a male aged over 50, or have a family history of prostate cancer, get in touch with your GP to discuss your risk.”
Holiday quarantine: Which country will be removed from the 'green list' next? How to get travel insurance should you choose to ignore Foreign Office advice Comment: Our 'computer says no' approach to quarantine has become an unfunny joke Masks compulsory across Paris as Covid-19 cases surge Air bridge between London and New York possible with top level talks held Thousands of holidaymakers are expected to visit the counties of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall over the three-day weekend, with police expecting busy roads and increased demand on emergency services. Incidents of littering, fly-tipping and wild camping in the region have risen 29 per cent on last year, while anti-social behaviour has gone up 20 per cent. Devon and Cornwall Police said the latest figures for August show 999 call demand remaining at record levels with a 13 per cent increase in calls compared with the same period in 2019. A spokesperson for Dorset Police told the Dorset Echo: "Many thousands of visitors, some already in the region, are expected to be residing in the county over the three-day holiday with congested roads and demand on all emergency services resources expected to be high. Tourism bosses are already predicting the region is at full capacity.” Staycationers in Cornwall and Wales were branded ‘rude’ and ‘ignorant’ by locals earlier this week. A private security company has even been hired to patrol a village in Snowdonia after instances of anti-social behaviour and camping without permission. The south west coast has experienced the brunt of overcrowding over recent months. Some 21 per cent of Britons were planning to visit the region over the summer, according to Visit Britain research. Follow the latest travel updates below.
For the last couple of days Liz Mills, an English teacher at Bosworth Academy in Leicestershire, has been receiving a stream of texts from teacher friends across the country.“They keep asking me ‘What’s it like to be back?’,” she says. “‘Is it really dystopian? Is it really horrible?’”
Testing travellers for coronavirus is set to replace the imposition of blanket quarantines under plans to be discussed by Cabinet ministers next week, with the news coming as Heathrow unveiled a purpose-built testing centre. Ministers are due to meet on Monday to consider options including testing passengers between five and 10 days after their arrival to enable them to shorten their 14-day self-isolation if the results are negative. On Tuesday, Heathrow announced that an airside Covid-19 testing centre in Terminal Two was ready to swab its first passengers, for £150 a time,once the Government gives the green light to a trial. It plans a second centre in Terminal Five next month. Airports, airline bosses and travel industry chiefs have warned that testing is the only way to open up travel to and from "high-risk" countries such as the US and end uncertainty for holidaymakers hit by quarantines reimposed at short notice on countries including France and Spain. France is expected to announce a "tit-for-tat" 14-day quarantine of Britons arriving in the country, while Croatia could be removed from the UK "green list" in the next 48 hours (see graphic below for which countries could see quarantines imposed) after being placed on special watch due to a surge in virus cases.
Holiday quarantine: Which country will be next? British airlines call for airport tests to open up routes to US How to get insurance if you ignore FCO advice The idyllic region of Italy where things feel almost back to normal Has the world gone mad? 10 bizarre Covid rules (all in the name of science) Croatia looks likely to be dumped from the UK's quarantine-free list this week unless new Covid-19 cases fall in the next few days. The country has seen its seven-day case rate rise to 21.4 per 100,000, up from 7.8 a week ago and beyond the threshold of 20 which the Government has said may trigger restrictions. A further 199 cases were reported on Tuesday, up on the previous day's figure of 85 and equivalent to 47.8 per 100,000 over a one-week period. A weekly review of the quarantine-free list is expected on Thursday. Should Croatia be ejected, British travellers will have even fewer summer holiday options that don't involve two weeks of self-isolation on their return to the UK. Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Andorra, Luxembourg, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Aruba have already been removed. A handful of other countries with travel corridors are edging towards the Government's threshold, including Denmark (18 new cases per 100,000), Switzerland (17), and the Czech Republic (15.5). Fears have also been raised about holidays in Greece, but with a case rate of 13.8 per 100,000 during the last week they appear safe for now. See below for the latest updates:
Plans for a Museum of Brexit will be stepped up in the autumn, with members of the public urged to raid their cupboards for memorabilia. Organisers are hoping to get hold of the 1975 pro-European flag jumper worn by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the campaign trail and the pen used to sign the 1957 Treaty of Rome. As the end of the transition period approaches, three locations in 10 Leave-voting areas have been earmarked as possible sites for the museum, the Mail on Sunday reported. The museum’s website states: “Our plan is to bring together memories, stories and items that can help preserve our nation’s recent history. To recall, for future generations, the background of the recent struggle for the United Kingdom’s independence.” It says the European Union reportedly spent £112 million to build its own Brussels museum, and that it would focus on “another side of the tale”. The collection aims to “tell the story of the Eurosceptic Movement and its people across the decades” and is calling for people to donate items that may be useful artefacts. The website features an appeal for people to look in their “collections, bottom drawers, shoeboxes, and troves” to find items to include in the museum and archive.
A dad has been told he almost lost part of his leg after being bitten by a spider in his own Merseyside garden.Ian Hamer was admitted to A&E; when his right leg ballooned in size and he came down with a severe illness following the run-in with what is thought to have been a false widow.
While visiting far-flung shores might be tricky this year, the coastlines of our island nation are ripe for exploring.Whether it’s for a bucket-and-spade break, a wild walk on the sand, or a day trip of picnics and paddling, the UK has a beach for every occasion.
Overexposure to mobile phone screens late at night can raise the risk of bowel cancer by as much as 60 per cent, a new study has warned. Artificial light, also known as "blue light", emitted at night can also increase the likelihood of developing other health problems such as sleep disorders and obesity, according to researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. Experts have previously linked blue light exposure at night with an increased chance of being diagnosed with breast and prostate cancer. But now researchers say it heightens the risk of bowel cancer as well. Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal or colon cancer, affects more than 250,000 people in the UK, and is the second most common cause of cancer death. Study coordinator Dr Manolis Kogevinas, of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, said: "Using the same methodology as the previous study, we decided to analyse the relationship between exposure to artificial light and colorectal cancer, the third most common type of cancer worldwide after lung and breast cancer." Around 2,000 adults who lived in Barcelona and Madrid were surveyed for the study. More than 650 pf them were found to have bowel cancer. Using images from the International Space Station, authors were able to determine the level of blue light at night-time in areas across the two Spanish cities. The way people behaved was not captured by the satellite images, for example using rolling shutters, which is common in Spain and other Mediterranean countries. Researchers said residents in both cities, who lived in areas with the highest exposure to blue light, had a 60 per cent higher risk of developing colon cancer than those who were less exposed. Night shift workers were excluded from the study. Dr Kogevinas said blue light is emitted by most white LED lamps, tablets and mobile phone screens. It produces a lot of energy but close exposure over a long period of time can suppress melatonin levels in the human body. Melatonin plays a key role in regulating day-night cycles and has several other key functions. It is a powerful antioxidant and also has an anti-inflammatory function. Experts suggest blue light may disrupt the body's circadian rhythm, which in turn affects hormone levels. Both breast and prostate cancers are hormone-related. Dr Kogevinas said: "Night-time exposure to light, especially blue-spectrum light, can decrease the production and secretion of melatonin, depending on the intensity and wavelength of the light. "There is growing concern about the effects of light on ecosystems and human health. Research on the potential effects of light exposure is still in its infancy, so more work is needed to provide sound, evidence-based recommendations to prevent adverse outcomes." It comes after previous studies indicated links between the technology included in LED street lighting and breast and prostate cancer. In 2018, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health said an analysis of 4,000 people in 11 regions of Spain established a link between heavy exposure to LED lighting and a doubling of the risk of prostate cancer, as well as a 1.5-times higher chance of breast cancer. It came after caution from health chiefs that LED street lights may disrupt people's sleep and damage eyesight. Public Health England had also raised concerns about the increasing use of LED lights on new cars. The Barcelona Institute for Global Health's latest findings were published in the journal Epidemiology.
A fresh row broke out over face masks on Sunday night as teaching unions urged ministers to consider making them mandatory for children in all secondary schools. It came as at least 10 schools decided to break with official Government guidance in order to make face coverings compulsory or "strongly encouraged" when pupils return in September. Unions said recent announcements requiring the wearing of masks on public transport and in shops had "highlighted the need for similar protections to be in place in schools and colleges". Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the NASUWT teachers' union, said: "The Government's guidance for schools is now out of step with wider public health guidance and guidance to other employers where it is recognised that, where physical distancing cannot be assured, face masks should be worn. "Teachers and other staff working in schools also want to be assured that, when they return to the workplace in September, they will be afforded the same level of protection as other workers, and that the guidance for schools will be brought into line with guidance for other workplaces." Mr Roach noted that Government advice means children over the age of 11 are required to wear coverings when they visit "a range" of facilities such as shops and banks. He said: "So there is a strong argument that face masks should also be made compulsory for children when they return to secondary schools in September."
Boris Johnson will reportedly announce restrictions on how unhealthy foods are sold in Britain as soon as next week, in a bid to tackle high levels of obesity.The plans could include a ban on online and pre-watershed TV advertising of unhealthy foods and restrictions on supermarket promotions, executives briefed on the plans told the Financial Times.
Can I visit Spain? The latest advice Mapped: Which regions of Spain are seeing a second outbreak? The face mask rules in your favourite European holiday destinations 'These absurd Covid-19 rules have actually made airports more civilised' Britain is to maintain its travel ban on Portugal, forcing UK holidaymakers to quarantine for 14 days on their return. Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, announced on Friday that the Government has rejected Portugal’s bid to be added to a “safe” list of 74 countries and territories exempt from UK quarantine. Spain remains on the list despite, like Portugal, having faced a surge in Covid-19 outbreaks that have forced regional authorities to reintroduce local restrictions. As of July 28, five new countries will be added to the list. They are Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The announcement is likely to provoke anger in Portugal which each year welcomes two million Britons to the Algarve, accounting for a fifth of its tourist income. In an article for The Daily Telegraph after the original travel ban decision, the Portuguese ambassador accused Britain of causing "immense" and potentially "lasting" damage to his country and claimed its decision was based on unclear science. Follow the latest news below.
London children will be given daily “emotional well-being” classes and PE lessons to help them deal with the mental and physical effects of lockdown.Pupils at Stanhope Primary in Ealing will be given training in self-worth, confidence and expressing their emotions in an effort to help them feel safe again and cope with the return to school.
Young people are feeling more bored and lonely during the coronavirus pandemic than those aged 60 and over, Government data has shown. Three quarters (76 per cent) of people aged 16 to 29 said their well-being had been negatively affected by the outbreak, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. A further 42 per cent said the lockdown was making their mental health worse. Despite the youngest age group (16 to 19-year-olds) reporting lower anxiety on average than most other age groups, those aged 16 to 29 who said they were worried about the impact of the health crisis on their well-being were significantly more likely to report being stressed or anxious (72 per cent) than those aged 60 and over (54 per cent). They were also significantly more likely than either those aged 30 to 59 or those aged 60 and over to report feeling bored, lonely (51 per cent) or that the lockdown was making their mental health worse. In comparison, 43 per cent of people aged 60 and over reported feeling bored, while 27 per cent of 30 to 59-year-olds and 26 per cent of people aged 60 and over reported feeling lonely.
Reusable containers are safe to use during the pandemic, more than 100 scientists, doctors and academics have said, amid concern over the return of single-use plastics. As long as they are thoroughly washed with soap and hot water, tupperware, reusable coffee cups and cutlery have a similar risk to their single-use alternatives, according to a joint statement organised by Greenpeace. It comes after the plastics industry lobbied the EU to drop its ban on certain single-use plastics because of the pandemic. Several coffee shops including Starbucks, Caffè Nero and Pret a Manger, have all halted the use of reusable cups over hygiene concerns. The Government has also paused its ban on plastic straws and stirrers during the pandemic, citing the pressure on business. Meanwhile, the rise in personal protective equipment has led to a surge in plastic waste globally, with masks and gloves finding their way into oceans in Europe and Asia. “Reuse and refill systems are an essential part of addressing the plastic pollution crisis and moving away from a fossil fuel-based economy,” says the statement, which was signed by experts from 18 countries. It adds: “Based on the best available science and guidance from public health professionals, it is clear that reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene.” The statement highlights that evidence suggests the virus is spread mainly via inhaling aerosolised droplets, rather than contact with contaminated surfaces. It says disposable products present similar issues to reusable ones because either could become contaminated, and says cleaning with hot water and soap or detergent is sufficient to reduce the risk. Restaurants and cafes should use contact-free systems when customers are bringing their own kitchenware, the statement says. Professor Charlotte K. Williams, Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University, who signed the statement, said: "I hope we can come out of the Covid-19 crisis more determined than ever to solve the pernicious problems associated with plastics in the environment. In terms of the general public’s response to the Covid crisis, we should make every attempt to avoid over-consumption of single use plastics, particularly in applications like packaging."
Kensington Palace has sent a legal complaint to Tatler magazine over claims the Duchess of Cambridge feels “overworked”, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to have asked that the society magazine remove its ‘Catherine the Great’ profile from the website. The Royal couple are reportedly upset about what they say is unfounded criticism of the Duchess’s family, her children and her weight. The Tatler article described the Duchess as “perilously thin” and referred to Princess Diana’s eating disorders. The society magazine claimed to have spoken to various friends of the Duchess of Cambridge for the profile with a source reportedly claiming the princess feels “exhausted and trapped” after taking on more royal duties following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back. Kensington Palace has denied this account. "Meghan and Harry have been so selfish,” one source told Tatler. “William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus. “There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous." Another source allegedly added: “Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she's smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn't want this. She feels exhausted and trapped. “She's working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.” Earlier this week a source familiar with the Duchess's work emphatically denied to the Telegraph that she feels "exhausted and trapped" by her duties, saying the description was inaccurate and offensive. They added: “Like many people across the country, the Duchess is juggling home schooling and work. But she's not also having to juggle being a front line worker. She is of course cognisant of that. "That's who she would much prefer the attention to be on." A Royal source told The Mail on Sunday the description of the Duchess as “perilously thin” is “such an extremely cruel and wounding barb. It's disgusting. It's sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst. “The [Tatler] piece is full of lies. There is no truth to their claim that the Duchess feels overwhelmed with work, nor that the Duke is obsessed with Carole Middleton. It's preposterous and downright wrong.” Tatler's article also claims that the Duchess had an argument with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. It claimed the row took place at a rehearsal two days before the wedding and was over whether the young bridesmaids should wear tights. Quoting an unnamed friend, the article said: “There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal. It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. “Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to. The photographs suggest that Meghan won." But Kensington Palace insisted the story is wrong, the Mail on Sunday reported. In response to the Tatler claims a Kensington Palace spokesperson said at the time: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication”. Tatler issued its own statement: “Tatler's Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources. “Kensington Palace knew we were running the 'Catherine the Great' cover months ago and we asked them to work together on it. The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.” During the pandemic the Cambridges are working from home at Anmer Hall, homeschooling Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis while holding royal engagements over Zoom. Along with the rest of the Royal Family, they have changed the focus of their work to helping the country through the coronavirus crisis, paying particular attention to mental health. The children have joined in the "clap for our carers" movement, and delivered homemade pasta to their isolated neighbours. Since the Covid-19 lockdown, the Duchess of Cambridge has launched photography exhibition Hold Still, and taken part in video calls to schools, hospitals and maternity services, as well as playing bingo with pensioners to highlight social care. Tatler did not respond to a request for comment on the legal complaint and Kensington Palace declined to comment.
The National Trust has announced it will begin reopening some parks and gardens in England and Northern Ireland from 3 June following more than two months of lockdown.Only members and visitors who have booked tickets in advance will be allowed to access sites. Parks and gardens will operate at around one third of their usual capacity to help people observe social distancing measures, the Trust added.
Child abuse may be going unreported because people do not know where to go for help during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, it has been warned.A survey by the NSPCC revealed that a quarter of British adults would not know where to seek help if they thought a child was being hurt or neglected.
Coronavirus is exacerbating the gender gap as women bear the brunt of childcare responsibilities and homeschooling during lockdown – whether they’re working or not, a new study has found.The report, carried out by the London School of Economics, shows women are more likely than men to lose their jobs in the upcoming recession because a greater proportion work in sectors which are predicted to be hardest hit.
Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds celebrated the birth of their first child in the early hours of Wednesday, just 17 days after the Prime Minister left hospital after beating coronavirus. The couple’s son, who has yet to be given a name, is the Prime Minister’s sixth child and was born on only his third day back at work after his sick leave. A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister and his partner said: "The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well. "The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team." The baby will become arguably the highest-profile newborn in the country, with lots of questions still outstanding about his birth and his future.