March 04, 2021 - 12:44 GMT Danielle Stacey The Metropolitan Police released a statement on Thursday The Metropolitan Police has ruled out a criminal investigation into BBC journalist Martin Bashir's 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales , it was confirmed on Thursday. According to PA, in a statement, the Metropolitan Police said officers sought legal advice from internal lawyers, independent counsel and the Crown Prosecution Service and determined it was "not appropriate" to launch a criminal probe. READ: Meghan Markle breaks silence in new Oprah clip following Palace statement Loading the player... WATCH: Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer shares stunning spring scene at family home A former employee of Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer , who claims he was the subject of false documents allegedly used to gain access to the Princess, had earlier made a complaint to the force. Commander Alex Murray said: "In recent months the Metropolitan Police Service received correspondence alleging unlawful activity in connection with a documentary broadcast in 1995. This was carefully assessed by specialist detectives. "They obtained legal advice from Metropolitan Police lawyers, independent counsel and from the Crown Prosecution Service. MORE: 8 royal scandals that shocked the world MORE: Prince Philip has undergone a procedure for heart condition, Buckingham Palace confirms Charles and Diana finalised their divorce in 1996 "Following this detailed assessment and in view of the advice we received, we have determined that it is not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into these allegations. No further action will be taken. "In this matter, as in any other, should any significant new evidence come to light we will assess it." Almost 23 million viewers watched the historic TV interview in 1995, which came after the breakdown of Diana's … [Read more...] about Princess Diana: Police will take ‘no further action’ over Martin Bashir’s interview
September 26, 2018 - 17:16 BST Ainhoa Barcelona With just over two weeks to go before Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tie the knot in the second royal wedding of the year, Eugenie has paid a sweet tribute to her older sister All eyes will be on Princess Eugenie when she walks down the aisle in just over two weeks, but for now, the royal bride-to-be has chosen to shine the spotlight on her older sister Princess Beatrice . Eugenie has taken to Instagram to praise her sibling for her charity work, revealing that Beatrice and their friend Holly Branson – Richard Branson 's daughter – recently visited two pupil referral units. As founders of Big Change charity, Beatrice and Holly met children who have been excluded from mainstream education, but who are being given the chance to thrive in a new environment, where their teachers have undertaken specialist training. Eugenie praised her sister Beatrice's charity work Eugenie shared Beatrice's words on Instagram, writing: "I believe that in The Difference, Kiran Gill, and her team, have developed a programme that will develop specialist leaders to work with our most vulnerable students. The number of exclusions in the UK continues to rise year on year – at an alarming rate. Thousands of pupils are getting lost in a system that is not equipped to identify issues early enough to mitigate the extreme action of exclusion. MORE: Kate announces maternity leave is coming to an end "Some of the children we met at Hawkswood were as young as six years old and have already been excluded from mainstream education, often due to mental health issues, unsafe and stressful home lives or learning difficulties for which they should instead be supported. It was incredible to see them thrive in an environment where their teachers had undertaken specialist training, both at the primary centre and the secondary centre Burnside, Waltham Forest. … [Read more...] about Princess Eugenie pays sweet tribute to sister Beatrice ahead of royal wedding
Photo: Michael Brandy You may recognize Tuma Basa as the creator of Spotify’s popular RapCaviar playlist or in his current position as Director of Black Music and Culture at YouTube or in any of the many roles he has occupied at media organizations like MTV and BET as the digital revolution has changed the way we encounter and interact with music. The pathways to success have shifted. In February, he helped launch the #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund, a grant program honoring over 130 gifted Black creators internationally; it was borne out of last summer’s racial reckoning, when YouTube revealed a $100 million fund dedicated to nurturing greater variety and creating more opportunities for its users. Basa speaks of the big picture in the optimistic terms you might expect to hear from a music-media fixture who has had speaking engagements around the world, but when you break through that and into his backstory — born in Congo in the ’70s, he split his formative years between Zimbabwe and America’s Midwest, where his dream of becoming a rapper was complicated by the fact that these areas hadn’t yet built the necessary hip-hop industry infrastructure to make such a thing very easy — he seems less like an optimist and more like someone who’s now using his pull to smooth and pave roads that weren’t open to him in his youth. His excitement about the future is infectious, though I can’t help feeling as though we’ll eventually bungle it. Over the last 20 years you’ve worked at BET, MTV, Revolt, Spotify, and now YouTube. In that span of time, Black music has pushed its way to the forefront of American pop culture. In what ways do you feel that the music business has gotten better about handling Black artists and their careers, and what improvements do you think are still necessary? In the past, there was always a question about whether you could turn a profit on a Black film with a Black cast and a Black writer and director, when all it took was just the chance to … [Read more...] about Tuma Basa Changed Spotify With a Playlist. YouTube’s Next.
Photo: Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw/Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. When filmmakers Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw first wandered into the Piedmont mountains, they thought they’d fallen into a fairytale kingdom. The tiny, steep towns and foggy woods seemed to them to be a place out of time, an Italian Brigadoon dotted with people following the old ways like pressing their own wine and making their own clothes. Even more beguiling, the pair soon heard about certain men who hunt in those woods for the elusive Alba truffle, secretive foragers who search with their dogs by night, not even telling their families where they go. Dweck and Kershaw’s resulting documentary The Truffle Hunters follows several of the oldest of these men — like Carlo, the impish 88-year-old who sneaks out a window to go truffling, and Aurelio, who is a spry 84. The documentarians track the men and their dogs on their hunts, but they don’t actually try to uncover their mysteries. (I only worked out their names thanks to the press materials.) There’s therefore a lovely reticence in this quiet and beautiful film: It picks its way carefully, like a deer, trying not to disturb the enchantment. Life is not, of course, a fairytale. Even in the Alpine hills, existence cannot be all lamplit conversations over wine and piles of jewel-bright tomatoes and dogs staring dreamily into their owners’ faces. Cruelty encroaches, as does climate change. The white truffles that Carlo, Sergio (a relative youngster in his ‘60s), and Aurelio are hunting are tremendously valuable. Late in the film, we see a magnificent specimen displayed on a red velvet cushion at some kind of expo or auction — the film never really tells us where we are — which sells for over €100,000. Everyone notes that there are fewer full-grown truffles every year, that the dryer and warmer weather has disrupted their mysterious and un-cultivatable process. Competition is fierce. We hear that rival trufflers are violating … [Read more...] about Heads for the Hills and Returns With a Feast for the Senses