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Prince William’s pride at ‘courage and strength’ of Princess of Wales

The Prince of Wales is “extremely proud” of the “courage and strength” shown by his wife, the Princess of Wales, since her cancer diagnosis, royal sources have told The Telegraph…

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Prince Harry reaches out to brother after being ‘blindsided’ by cancer announcement

Prince Harry has put the acrimonious rift with his brother behind him to “reach out” privately after being told the Princess of Wales was undergoing treatment for cancer…

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Live Britain accuses Kremlin of creating ‘smokescreen of propaganda’

Russia is using the Moscow terror attack to create a “smokescreen of propaganda” to help justify its invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has said. 

“I take what the Russian government says with an enormous pinch of salt… after what we’ve seen from them over the last few years,” Mr Hunt said. 

“We know that they are creating a smokescreen of propaganda to defend an utterly evil invasion of Ukraine.

“But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a tragedy when innocent people lose their lives, when you have horrible bombings,” he added.

Mr Hunt emphasised that Britain has “very little confidence” in Russian statements linking Ukraine to the attack on a Moscow concert hall that killed more than 130 people on Friday. 

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, alleged that the gunmen responsible for the rampage were apprehended while heading towards the Russia-Ukraine border where a “window had been prepared for them to cross”. 

The United States has said that Islamic State was behind the attack, and the terror group has also claimed responsibility via its news agency Amaq. 

Russia has said it would stand against “international terrorism”, but has not yet blamed Islamic State directly.

Ukraine strongly denies any involvement.

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As Princess of Wales reveals diagnosis, doctors warn of mysterious cancer ‘epidemic’

Leading doctors have warned of a mysterious new “epidemic” of abdominal cancers in younger people…

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Celebrities who mocked Princess of Wales called on to apologise

Blake Lively is among celebrities who have been upbraided for mocking the Princess of Wales in the weeks before she announced she had been diagnosed with cancer.

The American actress, 36, made a “Photoshop” jibe, alluding to the Princess’s absence from public life, when she launched her new drinks range earlier this month.

Lively posted an intentionally edited picture of herself to her 44.7 million Instagram followers, writing in the caption: “I’m so excited to share this new photo I just took today to announce our four new Betty Buzz and Betty Booze products! Now you know why I’ve been MIA.”

The Gossip Girl actress has since deleted the post and apologised for the “silly” joke, saying: “I’m sure no one cares today but I feel like I have to acknowledge this.

“I made a silly post around the ‘Photoshop fails’ frenzy, and oh man, that post has me mortified today. I’m sorry. Sending love and well wishes to all, always.”

The social media furore around the Princess’s whereabouts, well-being and domestic life reached a fever pitch following her release of a Mothering Sunday picture of herself and her three children – and her subsequent apology for editing it.

A few US celebrities weighed in with jokes amid the surge in online speculation, including by the social media star Kim Kardashian, who published a series of photos to her 364 million followers on Instagram with the caption: “On my way to find Kate.”

The post, which at the time of writing is still on her page, received an immediate backlash after the Princess announced in a personal video message on Friday that she has been undergoing preventative chemotherapy since late February.

“How do you feel now it’s been announced she has cancer?” one follower asked on Kardashian’s post, with another weighing in writing: “This didn’t age well. You never know what someone is battling.”

Owen Jones was among more high-profile people to apologise on Saturday following the Princess’s health revelation.

The Left-wing activist and journalist wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “As someone who speculated on this without considering it could be a serious health condition, I’m very ashamed to be honest, and all the very best to her.”

He had previously publicly said that he was “fully on board the Kate Middleton truther train,” which is a reference to the online sleuths who started conspiracies about her whereabouts and condition.

The Princess’s revelation sparked an outpouring of support and well wishes from around the world and has prompted a fierce outcry at some of the nasty conspiracy theories propagated during her absence from public life.

On Saturday, Hollywood star Jamie Lee Curtis called for people to stop peddling conspiracy theories about the Princess, saying: “Can we please just STOP with this bull—t conspiracy theory? This is a human being with young children, and clearly some sort of health issue.

“That is a private matter. Do we not have better things to do and more important things to think about and be concerned about than this? It’s a really low point in our society when there are SO MANY crucial issues that need our attention.”

On Friday, Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, said the Princess had been subjected to “intense scrutiny and unfairly treated by certain sections of the media around the world and on social media” as he called for her privacy to be respected.

Some TV hosts in the US have also come under fire for their involvement in spreading conspiracy theories on their shows, including John Oliver and Andy Cohen.

Meanwhile, TV presenters Davina McCall and Piers Morgan are among the British media figures who have called for the mother-of-three to be left alone amid her cancer diagnosis and ongoing treatment.

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‘I fell to the floor and played dead as Moscow gunmen killed the girl next to me’

Moscow’s Crocus City Hall was packed to the rafters on Friday night as fans of Picnic eagerly awaited the Soviet-era rock band’s arrival on stage…

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Soho Theatre tells white audience members to ‘check their privilege’

White audience members attending a comedy show at an Arts Council-funded venue are being asked to “check their privilege at the door…

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