He also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of praise for “my dear Papa.””It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time,” he said.Britain’s Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband who died on Friday aged 99, will have a ceremonial funeral on Saturday April 17 without any public access or public procession, according to Buckingham Palace.
He had spent most of his adult life cosseted in palaces and castles, but craved modesty and simplicity, and in retirement Prince Philip finally, briefly, got his own way. His private nirvana was the quiet, peaceful home he made for himself at Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate, where he could live out his years reading, painting, birdwatching, carriage-driving and entertaining his closest friends. “I reckon I’ve done my bit,” he said in an interview to mark his 90th birthday, “so I want to enjoy myself a bit now, with less responsibility, less frantic rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say. “On top of that, your memory’s going, I can’t remember names and things,” he admitted. “It’s better to get out before you reach the sell-by date.” Painting, sport, writing – the hobbies that made Prince Philip tick The Duke of Edinburgh was surely alone in believing he had reached his “sell-by date”, even when he did finally retire in 2017, but no one, and certainly not the Queen, would dispute that he had “done his bit”. By the time the Duke stepped down from his full-time role in August 2017, when he attended a rain-sodden parade in front of Buckingham Palace in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, he had completed 22,219 solo engagements, as well as countless others with the Queen.
Nearly decades after handing up his boots and retiring from professional wrestling, there’s a chance he may cook up a campaign for the White House. “Not sure our Founding Fathers envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club – but if it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve the people,” Johnson said. The outlet cites a poll released last week by Piplsay saying 46% of respondents would support a Johnson campaign for U.S. president in 2024.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called for the “worrying” developments in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region to come to an end after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart in Istanbul, adding Turkey was ready to provide any necessary support. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy held more than three hours of talks with Erdogan in Istanbul as part of a previously scheduled visit, amid tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over the conflict in Donbass. Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia, and over a rise in violence along the line of contact separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in Donbass.
The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed. The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1% of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit. But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated – 5.4% versus 0.7%.
Emails reveal appointees in the Department of Health and Human Services bragged about their efforts to downplay the coronavirus pandemic. A new report reveals emails highlighting efforts made by President Donald Trump’s administration to alter information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to present favorable information about the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Hill, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis issued letters to former advisors Scott Atlas, Paul Alexander, and Steven Hatfill.
Ukraine’s defence minister said on Saturday his country could be provoked by Russian aggravation of the situation in the conflict area of Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. The minister, Andrii Taran, said Russian accusations about the rights of Russian-speakers being violated could be the reason for the resumption of armed aggression against Ukraine. “At the same time, it should be noted that the intensification of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine is possible only if an appropriate political decision is made at the highest level in the Kremlin,” he said in a statement.
A man wearing nothing below the waist set fire before dawn Friday to a mobile home occupied by a woman and three children, including a baby, and was arrested without incident before noon, authorities said. The woman, baby and two school-age children escaped unharmed but the home and the woman’s car were total losses, said Ashley Rodrigue, spokeswoman for the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. The woman told investigators that James N. Rozas, 33, was clad only in a hooded sweatshirt and had a gun when he entered the home in Mamou, telling the older children they had to get out because he had set fire to the home and the car parked outside, Rodrigue said.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have experienced a challenging start to their new lives in California, having to call authorities to their Montecito home nine times over the course of just as many months. The famous couple moved to their Golden State residence with their 1-year-old son Archie in July 2020, after reportedly living with their friend, Tyler Perry, in his $18 million Los Angeles …
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John Lamparski/GettyThe rapper DMX, who left his gritty mark on hip-hop with the 1990s hits “Party Up,” “X Gon’ Give it to Ya,” and “Get at Me Dog,” has died nearly a week after a heart attack caused by a suspected drug overdose, according to a family statement given to PEOPLE. He was 50.“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” the statement said. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”When DMX Was the King of Hip-HopHe had been on life support for almost a week. “It does not look good,” attorney Murray Richman had said on Saturday as the rapper’s family gathered in hospital. He was said to be in a vegetative state.In a statement, White Plains Hospital expressed condolences to DMX’s family and fans, and said he “passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”DMX paved the way for many of today’s most successful rappers, helping bring rap music to mainstream audiences in the 1990s. “Everybody knows the basics,” Daily Beast contributor Stereo Williams wrote on the 20th anniversary of DMX’s debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.“1997 was the year of shiny-suit dominance via sparkly videos from Puffy and Ma$e; the rapper born Earl Simmons growled his way through the dancey-flossin’ anthems to reassert hardcore hip-hop in the mainstream.”Born in Yonkers, New York, and sent to live in a group home by his mother, DMX spent his teens on the streets, carving out a reputation as a stick-up robber and a battle rapper before being signed by Def Jam.His first five albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and he earned three Grammy nominations. He was also a prolific actor, appearing in a number of films including the 1998 crime drama Belly with hip-hop stars Nas and Method Man. He also starred alongside Steven Seagal in the 2000 film Exit Wings and with Jet Li in the 2003 crime thriller Cradle 2 the Grave. Amid his success, he battled substance abuse, and he was soon making headlines for bad behavior instead of his music. In 2004, he and another man broke into the parking lot of New York’s Kennedy Airport, claimed to be an FBI agent, and then stole a man’s car. When police caught up to him, they found crack cocaine, painkillers, and a gun.In 2015, he was sentenced to six months in prison for failing to pay child support for some of his 15 children; his youngest child, Exodus, was born in 2016. He served a one-year sentence in 2018 for tax evasion. DMX canceled a number of shows in 2019 after checking himself into a rehab facility. When word that he was in the hospital, on life support, broke this weekend, a galaxy of hip-hop stars—from Missy Elliott to L.L. Cool J— paid tribute.“I love DMX SO MUCH. Praying hard for the king,” Sza tweeted. “Pull through, my dude,” Ice T urged.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.