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Harry and Meghan’s tour to southern Africa last year cost the taxpayer nearly £246,000, new accounts show. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their then four-month-old baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor to South Africa in September last year on his first royal overseas trip, with the duke also travelling solo to Angola, Malawi and Botswana. […]

Harry and Meghan have paid rent on Frogmore Cottage for a “number of years” upfront – as well as repaying £2.4m in taxpayers’ money that was spent on renovating the Windsor property. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were able to afford the repayment after signing a lucrative deal with Netflix that is rumoured to […]

The travel costs for Harry and Meghan’s high-profile tour of southern Africa came to £246,000 – and flights for a two-day visit to Oman taken by Prince of Wales cost £210,345. The standout figures from the royal finances for 2019-20 come as officials warn that the royal accounts are set to take a £35m hit […]

About 10% of county lines drug networks in England and Wales have been shut down following a week-long operation, police have said. The crackdown last week resulted in the arrests of more than 1,000 people and the seizure of 18 guns, more than £500,000 in cash, and Class A drugs worth over £1m. It involved […]

A group of more than 40 Conservative MPs are bidding to force the government to give parliament a vote before the renewal of ministers’ coronavirus powers. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, is leading the cross-party effort to amend emergency COVID-19 legislation. Powers under the Coronavirus Act, which […]

Novavax is ready to start its Phase 3 trial of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. The US biotechnology firm plans to enrol up to 10,000 volunteers aged between 18 and 84 over the next four to six weeks. The company joins AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna as its vaccine candidate enters the final step […]