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Kate Middleton ‘relaxed’ at Wimbledon after ‘tense build-up’ to Harry and William reunion

Harry and William issued a rare joint statement in the wake of yesterday’s statue unveiling that was a private event.

The princes’ statement read: “Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.

“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.

“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”

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Jon Rahm wins US Open in tense final round with epic finish as Rory McIlroy falters

His second shot into the green flew right into the sandtrap, leaving him with an mighty tough bunker shot downhill to the flag.

Rahm couldn’t aim for the flag or the ball would trickle down hill and into the water hazard at the back of the green.

The Spaniard did amazingly to pitch it back to the right of the flag, leaving him with another sweeping left-to-right putt.

Buoyed by his previous putt though, Rahm stepped over the ball with confidence and rolled it into the cup, sparking wild celebrations from the spectators to give him a one-shot lead.

Oosthuizen though still had a few holes to play and a chance to make his own memories.

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Andrew Neil's tense phone call with Rupert Murdoch: ‘Almost certainly no Sky TV’

Andrew Neil is days away from overseeing the launch of his new media project, GB News. The current affairs channel, set to air for the first time on June 13, promises to “change the face of news and debate in the UK”. Mr Neil will present a nightly news programme containing “Wokewatch” and “Mediawatch” segments and he insists it will adhere to Ofcom rules on impartiality.
It is the latest venture in a long and distinguished career in journalism that truly took off in 1983 when he was appointed editor of The Sunday Times by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

He held the position until 1994 and, shortly after he parted ways with Mr Murdoch’s News Corporation, he penned a tell-all memoir reflecting on his career to date.

In ‘Full Disclosure’, Mr Neil writes candidly about his time as founding chairman of Sky TV ‒ a spell of his career that now has fresh relevance given his latest venture with GB News.

And his account of a tense phone call with Mr Murdoch sheds light on the fragility of the enterprise, as he suggests Sky TV may never have taken off in the way it did had events transpired differently.

Mr Neil refers back to the launch of the first Astra satellite ‒ in orbit to provide digital channels to Sky TV in the UK ‒ in December 1988.

He writes: “The takeoff was postponed because of bad weather and technical problems.

“The next day was a Saturday and I waited for news while preparing the next edition of The Sunday Times.

“The phone rang as I made it home at around 11pm. It was Rupert from New York.

“‘You sound a bit nervous,’ I said to him.

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Mr Neil then explains the true gravity of their conversation that evening, noting that if there had been a single mistake, Sky TV may not be what it is today.

He concludes: “Just how big a risk he was taking was graphically illustrated in June 1996, when a new generation Ariane rocket malfunctioned on takeoff and had to be blown up.

“If that had happened to the rocket carrying the Astra satellite, there would almost certainly have been no Sky TV.”

Mr Neil moved on from Mr Murdoch’s media empire some six years after this incident, and insists the split was amicable.

He worked for the BBC for 25 years until 2020, fronting various programmes ‒ including This Week and The Daily Politics.

Since 2008, he has been the chairman of Press Holdings ‒ whose titles include The Spectator.

GB News may well be his most ambitious career move yet as he sets out to shake up the media establishment with a cherry-picked team of journalistic talent.

The channel’s director of news, John McAndrew, is a 25-year industry veteran who has worked for the BBC, Sky News, ITN and NBC.

He said as the launch approached: “We can sense a real hunger for something fresh and different in television news and debate.

“It’s humbling because we are a small start-up with a fraction of the resources of others, but what we lack in size we make up for in passion and determination to provide a welcoming home for honest British news and debate.

“All our presenters will have the freedom to say what they think, to have some fun and to be brave about covering the issues that really matter to the people of Britain.”

Andrew Neil’s ‘Full Disclosure’ was published by Macmillan Publishers in 1996. It is available here.

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Avram Glazer's snappy reply as Man Utd owner asked about selling club in tense exchange

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Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer gave a short and snappy reply in a tense exchange with the Daily Mirror’s Christopher Bucktin when asked whether he and his family will be selling the club following the fallout of United’s failed attempt to form part of the European Super League (ESL).

The United owners have faced a fierce backlash for their involvement in the ESL plot, which was an attempted 20-team breakaway league designed to rival UEFA’s Champions League.

The Red Devils joined their ‘Big Six’ Premier League rivals Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in signing up alongside six clubs from Spain and Italy, with the Glazers claimed to have been among the chief architects behind the scheme.

The doomed project collapsed spectacularly inside 48 hours – although Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are still clinging on – amid a furious reaction from supporters of all six English clubs involved, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has since resigned, with reports claiming he disagreed with his superiors.

Woodward, who won’t actually leave his post until later this year, said publicly that he feels “huge remorse” over the Super League discussions and declared his role in the plot as “one of the biggest mistakes” of his professional career.

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Joel Glazer meanwhile wrote an open letter to the United fanbase on Wednesday in which he apologised “unreservedly” and said that he is “personally committed to rebuilding trust” with fans.

He added: “We also realise that we need to better communicate with you, our fans, because you will always be at the heart of the club.”

The Glazers have owned United since 2005 but have had little communication with supporters since then, for which they have been heavily criticised.

But when approached by the Daily Mirror in Florida, Avram Glazer was less willing to discuss recent events and when asked to apologise to supporters similarly to his brother Joel, reportedly stayed quiet.

Mirror reporter Bucktin then asked Avram: “Are you now going to sell the club Mr Glazer, as it’s clear you have no understanding of your club’s supporters or British fans?” But the 60-year-old, who also owns NFL franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, snapped back to say only “no comment” before driving off.

Club legend Gary Neville has been among those to call for the Glazers to part ways with United and said on Sky Sports: “They attacked every single football fan in this country with what they did. The Glazers have no place in Manchester anymore.”

Protests were held against the family’s ownership on Thursday in Manchester as groups of supporters blocked both entrances to the club’s Carrington training ground.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addressed the angry group of around 20 protestors, holding up banners among which read ‘Glazers out’, ‘51%’ and ‘We decide when you play.’

The Norwegian admitted in a press conference on Friday: “I will always listen to the fans and I thought it was the only right thing to do, to listen to them and talk to them and have a nice discussion with them, a peaceful discussion, because it’s important that we respect each other’s views.

“I said a few things about what I think the team will do in the future. What we spoke about, we don’t need to go into that. It was a good 10 minutes and I was happy with that. I gave a fist bump and then we parted.”

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Solskjaer also backed the Glazers and said of his relationship with the United owners: “I’m so happy that all the owners, all the clubs involved agreed that this was a mistake.

“I’ve always had a good working relationship with the club and the owners. Of course behind the walls of the building we speak, they listened to my opinions and we’re working to move Man United forward, of course.”

Two of the Red Knights consortium who sought to buy United a decade ago however want reform at the club including greater supporter input on the board.

Lord O’Neill and Sir Paul Marshall wrote to Joel Glazer asking for his family to sell their stake down to 49.9 per cent and create a supervisory board to give fans 50 per cent plus one controlling votes.

“If your stated desire to rebuild trust is sincere, these proposals are the minimum steps you should choose to make,” the letter, published by Sky News, read.

Justin Thomas wins tense Players Championship as Lee Westwood agonisingly misses out

“I fought so hard today, I stayed really patient. It was probably one of the best rounds of my life tee to green.

“I had total control of the ball, but I just wasn’t holing anything and I stayed patient.”

Thomas was also reduced to tears when asked about his grandfather, who died recently.

“I wish I could talk to him right now,” Thomas said, while choking back tears.