LONDON (AFP) - President Donald Trump rowed back Wednesday (June 5) on his comments that Britain's much-loved national health service should be opened up to US private companies in a post-Brexit trade deal. The mercurial US leader also softened his tone on UK Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and actress-turned-British princess Meghan Markle. Trump sparked outrage across Britain's political divide by telling a joint press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May that "everything is on the table" in talks on a post-Brexit US-UK free trade deal - including the NHS health service. "So NHS or anything else. A lot more than that," Trump said on the second of his three-day state visit Tuesday. Britons treasure their free health care system and fear its partial privatisation. Some suggest that US pharmaceutical companies would hike the price of medications and other basic services. Trump was asked specifically about the NHS at the press event and appeared to ask May what the acronym … [Read more...] about Trump walks back comments on UK health care and Meghan Markle
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LONDON: US President Donald Trump kicked off a state visit to Britain on Monday (Jun 3) by branding London's mayor a "loser" before heading for lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, following delicate comments about Brexit.Trump's plane had not even touched down when he tweeted that Sadiq Khan, who has been highly critical of the red-carpet welcome laid on for Trump, had done a "terrible job" running London.The president called the mayor a "stone cold loser", adding: "Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, (Bill) de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job - only half his height."In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom," he added.Queen Elizabeth II was scheduled to welcome Trump and his wife Melania to Buckingham Palace later Monday, where they will be treated to a guard of honour, a private lunch and a glittering banquet.But beneath the pomp and ceremony, Britain is in turmoil with Prime Minister Theresa May due to step … [Read more...] about Trump begins UK state visit by insulting London mayor
By Jennifer Berry The Kit Mon., May 13, 2019 The Meghan Markle effect, the Markle Sparkle, whatever you want to call it, when Meghan Markle wears something, people pay attention (and the item almost inevitably sells out immediately). The latest label to be swept up in the Duchess of Sussex’s spell? Wales Bonner by U.K.-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, the brand new mom Meghan Markle wore to introduce her and Prince Harry’s newborn son, Archie, to the world. Who is Grace Wales Bonner? Here’s everything we know about the designer of Meghan’s white belted baby-reveal dress. Where is Grace Wales Bonner from? Grace Wales Bonner is a British designer born in London, England. According to a 2016 profile in The Gentlewoman, Bonner has Jamaican and English heritage. Is Grace Wales Bonner new to fashion design? Wales Bonner launched her eponymous line in 2014 after graduating from the esteemed Central Saint Martins school of fashion design … [Read more...] about Who is Grace Wales Bonner, Meghan’s trench dress designer?
If you're one of those royal watchers (admit it, you're a bit of that), then it's been a busy week. First, Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne following the abdication of his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito. Then, King Vajiralongkorn finally assumed the crown after a long mourning period following the 2016 demise of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Lastly, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. For all my steadfast belief in democracy and equal opportunity, I'm evidently quite a royal watcher. It's hard not to look whenever the royal pomp and pageantry walks by the media screens. It's a bit about the fairy tale, a lot about the juicy telltale that usually follows afterward, and about both the prettiness and pettiness of it all. Japan, which quickly rose from the ashes of World War II to become Asia's first developed country, keeps room for a monarch whose lineage harks back to 660 BC. Hirohito, Naruhito's … [Read more...] about UrbanChat: Pomp, (Power), Pageantry
LONDON: The arrival on Monday of their first child — a “very healthy” boy — crowns the whirlwind love story of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, coming less than three years since they first met. It was love at first sight for both parties, who quickly sensed their brief blind date could blossom. They were set up by a mutual friend when US actress Meghan Markle was passing through London in July 2016. The couple knew little about each other and the speed of the relationship surprised them both. “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was a confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned. Everything was just perfect,“ Harry said. Within two years, they tied the knot at Windsor Castle, sealing a relationship that rapidly grew out of the media spotlight — and survived when it went public in explosive fashion. When the couple first met, she was 34 and a divorcee of three years; he 31 with a few foundered relationships and … [Read more...] about Harry and Meghan: Royal romance crowned by birth of son