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London Clinic staff ‘tried to access medical notes’ of Princess of Wales

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Trump: Princess of Wales photo editing row ‘shouldn’t be a big deal – everyone does it’

Donald Trump has said the Princess of Wales’s photo editing row “shouldn’t be a big deal” because “everybody doctors” their pictures, as he called for the public to stop criticising her.

The former US president weighed into the debate on the princess’s Mothering Sunday photo, days after she released an apology for airbrushing the image of herself and her children.

In an interview with Nigel Farage on GB News, Mr Trump said: “Well it shouldn’t be a big deal. Because everybody doctors [their pictures].

“You look at these movie actors, and you see a movie actor and you meet them and you say: ‘Is that the same person in the picture?’”

Mr Trump was accused of editing photographs when he asked government officials to crop an image of crowds on the National Mall in Washington DC during his inauguration in 2017.

The photograph was cropped to remove the space “where the crowd ended”, after Mr Trump was frustrated that more people were pictured at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.

On Tuesday, he said that the public should stop criticising the Princess of Wales for a “minor” edit, which sparked online conspiracy theories about her health.

“I looked at that, actually, and it was a very minor doctoring,” Mr Trump said. “It is a rough period and, you know, they’re really going after her.”

He also used the interview to take aim at the Duke of Sussex, who has been accused of lying on his immigration forms about whether he had used drugs when he moved to the US with the Duchess in 2020.

“We’ll have to see if they know something about the drugs, and if he lied they’ll have to take appropriate action,” Mr Trump said.

Pressed on whether that would mean “not staying in America”, he replied: “Oh I don’t know. You’ll have to tell me. You just have to tell me.”

The Duke of Sussex’s immigration status has become the subject of a lawsuit by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, which is suing the government to release his immigration forms. Lawyers for the US government have said that his description of taking narcotics in his memoir, Spare, is “not proof he took drugs”.

Mr Trump said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to leave Britain had insulted the late Queen, describing their decision as a “great disrespect done to a person that I got to know very well”.

“She was unbelievable, and I thought she was treated very disrespectfully by them,” he said.

“I would say, although she wouldn’t show it because she was strong and smart, I would imagine they broke her heart.

“The things that they were saying were so bad and so horrible. And she was in her nineties and hearing this stuff. I think they broke her heart. I think they really hurt her.”

‘I’m a different kind of environmentalist’

It is rare for Mr Trump to give an interview to a British news outlet, preferring instead to speak to conservative networks in the US.

Mr Farage, the former Ukip and Brexit Party leader, is a friend of the former president and has suggested he would like to serve as the UK’s ambassador to the US under a Trump administration.

Asked for his views on the King, Mr Trump said on Mr Farage’s programme that he and the monarch had “different views” on environmental policy, but “got along”.

“He was a little bit more into environmental restriction than I am,” he said.

“I’m an environmentalist, I feel in a true sense. But I’m a different kind of environmentalist. You know, I want to get things built, I want to get things done.

“He was very much into the environment. And he meant it from the heart.”

Asked whether he would continue to support the Nato alliance if he wins in November’s presidential election, Mr Trump said he would “100 per cent” defend other countries if they meet defence spending commitments.

In a bizarre tangent, the presumptive Republican nominee also claimed the Democrats had allowed “15 million people” into the country during Joe Biden’s administration.

“15 million people that come in from prisons, they come from prisons, many of them, they come from mental institutions and insane asylums like Silence of the Lambs,” he said.

“Hannibal Lecter, I wonder if he’s one of the terrorists coming into our country totally unchecked.”

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson ‘offered role’ of next James Bond

Aaron Taylor-Johnson has reportedly been offered the role of the next James Bond.

The 33-year-old British actor has been asked to take over from Daniel Craig, who played the role for 15 years.

Taylor-Johnson rose to fame in 2009 when he was cast as John Lennon in Nowhere Boy by his now wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is 24 years his senior.

The Sun reported that Eon Productions, which has made most of the films in the series adapted from Ian Fleming’s novels, has offered Taylor-Johnson the role of 007.

The newspaper said he was likely to sign the contract and start filming this year at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

A source told The Sun: “Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back.

“As far as Eon is concerned, Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement.”

Taylor-Johnson had been tipped for the role alongside actors including Cillian Murphy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and James Norton.

Ladbrokes said on Monday that the actor was now favourite to replace Craig, who bowed out of the franchise after 2021’s No Time To Die.

Last week, Taylor-Johnson was asked about Bond by Numero Magazine and said: “I find it charming and wonderful that people see me in that role. I take it as a great compliment.”

Previously, Rory Kinnear, who plays Bill Tanner in the franchise, and Charlie Higson, the author of  Young Bond novels, have discredited the idea of a “front-runner” because they usually do not get the role

Kinnear said in an interview on BBC’s The One Show: “I always feel slightly bad for the people who are being highlighted, because that never tends to be them. They [casting directors] are very good at keeping the real person secret.”

Higson, who is also an actor, said in May 2023 that if an actor was talked about as “being considered” as the next 007, “you know that they’ve been rejected”.

He also said: “Eon [Productions], who make the films, play their cards very close to the chest and a lot of times they really surprise people… in particular, Daniel Craig. Nobody had any idea at all that he might be Bond and, if you’d been asked in advance, you’d have said ‘Daniel Craig, James Bond? Surely not’.”

The next Bond film has been delayed because of last year’s Hollywood strikes. The most recent film made more than £600 million at the global box office.

Craig starred in 2006’s Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace in 2008, 2012’s Skyfall and Spectre in 2015.

The 56-year-old grew to resent the role and claimed he would rather “slash my wrists” than play the fictional spy again.

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