Sophie Countess of Wessex ‘confident’ as she shares surprising anecdote about the Queen

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, joined the Royal Family when she married the Queen’s son, Prince Edward, 56. Although royals often stay quiet on their lives, Sophie opened up to share a personal story about the Queen. While telling this story, a voice expert explained how the royal “asserted herself” and showed her “confident” side.


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Sophie and Prince Edward have two children together, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

The royals are the grandchildren of the Queen and live near the monarch in Windsor.

They are not often spotted out in public, which could be down to their young age.

During a rare TV interview, Sophie shared a story about her life in the Royal Family.

Speaking to Sky News in 2016, Sophie and Prince Edward opened up about their children’s perception of the Queen.

The Countess revealed their daughter didn’t realise who the Queen was until she started school.

Sophie explained: “I mean Louise had no concept really that the Queen and her grandmother were one and the same person.

“It wasn’t until she was at school that other children were mentioning it and saying, ‘Your gran is the Queen’.

“And she’d come home and say, ‘Mummy they say that Grandmama is the Queen.’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘I don’t understand what they mean.’”

While sharing the story of her daughter, Sophie’s voice gave an insight to her own role in the family.

Analysing the interview, CEO and founder of communications analytics firm gweek, James Bryce explained the royal showed her confidence.

He told “Relaxed, yet composed and alert she makes her points efficiently, and with natural confidence.


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“She asserts herself; she reads her co-speakers well and works out where her most impactful contribution could be.”

At the time, Sophie was being interviewed alongside her husband, Prince Edward.

Although he has been in the limelight for his entire life, the expert explained Sophie was the one that appeared confident and relaxed.

The royal considered what she said before speaking up and was happy to assert herself.

James added: “She is unscripted, unrehearsed yet sufficiently planned in her mind, before she starts to speak.

“She engages with stories, and offers personal examples so that you can empathise with her.

“Her posture is relaxed, yet confident and assertive. She lets you see the real her.”

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Waitrose food recall: Urgent warning issued due to allergy fears – affected item here

Waitrose has given a warning to those who have recently been shopping in stores. It has been discovered that one item contains egg which has not been mentioned on the packaging. This could cause a serious health risk to those who have an allergy.


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Waitrose N°1 Teacakes

Shoppers have been warned over the sweet treats as they contain undeclared egg.

The mix up came as the item was packed with the wrong product which contained the allergen.

The product is not safe for those who have an allergy or intolerance to eggs.

The Food Standards Agency website said: “This product contains egg, making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to egg.”

The affected pack is in the size two x units with the best before day of April 7, 2020.

Those who have purchased the item have been urged not to eat it.

Instead, they can contact Waitrose customer service to arrange a refund.

The item can also be returned in store if shoppers are already making an essential trip to a Waitrose store.

Waitrose N°1 Charentes Butter Croissants

The supermarket giant recently issued another warning on a croissant product.


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The food item contained soya that was not mentioned on the ingredients list.

Again, this could be dangerous for those with any allergies or an intolerance.

The pack size was two x units with the best before date of April 1, 2020.

Shoppers should contact Waitrose customer service to arrange a refund or return it to the store during an essential shopping trip.

Point-of-sale notices have been placed in stores which give more information about the recall.

No other Waitrose products are thought to be affected.

Recall warnings are not often issued to shoppers but are something that should be taken seriously.

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Police speak to Wayne Rooney for meeting Kyle Walker during lockdown

Wayne Rooney ‘is told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules by meeting friend Kyle Walker’ – days after fellow footballer breached rules by holding £2,000 sex party with two prostitutes at his flat

  • Rooney, 34, and Walker, 29, swooped on by police as they walked with families
  • ‘It was all totally innocent and not deliberate,’ says a source 
  • Piers Morgan says footballers ignoring lockdown rules ‘bring a stain on industry’ 
  • ‘It’s disgusting hypocrisy, its unbelievably selfish and reckless,’ adds Morgan

Former England ace Wayne Rooney has been told off by police after he was spotted walking with Manchester City defender and neighbour Kyle Walker in the middle of the Britain’s coronavirus lockdown.

The Cheshire neighbours were both walking along Prestbury golf course with their families – flouting rules to only go outside with your own households.

News of the swoop comes a day after Walker, 29, came under fire for holding a £2,000 sex party while telling followers to stay home and protect the NHS.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Piers Morgan warned players who ignore social distancing rules ‘bring a stain on the whole industry of football’. 

Wayne and Coleen Rooney with their boys. The family was seen out walking at a Cheshire golf club with next door neighbour Kyle Walker, despite lockdown rules telling the public not to meet with friends or family

Kyle Walker with his ex Annie Kilner, the former couple were seen out walking with their children at Prestbury golf course with former England captain Wayne Rooney and fis family

A source told The Sun: ‘Their kids go to the same school and spotted each other and understandably ran over.

‘The families stopped to talk when all of a sudden the police swooped on them.

‘It was all totally innocent and not deliberate.’ 

Manchester City and England defender Walker apologised over the weekend for inviting two escorts to his home while he had a friend round his flat. 

One of the escorts, Louise McNamara, 21, told The Sun: ‘Kyle really should know better.

‘On the one hand he’s inviting strangers round to his house for sex and the next day he’s lecturing everyone on the need to stay safe.’

Walker, who has 48 England caps, has apologised for the incident.

He said: ‘I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week.

Kyle Walker has apologised after inviting escorts to his flat while repeatedly reminding his 1.7million Instagram followers to stay inside and protect the NHS 

‘I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model.

‘As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.’

Manchester City said it was be opening disciplinary proceedings against Walker in the coming days.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Piers Morgan critcised Walker and fellow footballer Jack Grealish, who was also caught ignoring lockdown rules.

The GMB presenter said: ‘Footballers are posting rousing messages to the country saying stay indoors, don’t do anything stupid, be a good citizen.

‘Within literally a day [Walker] has hired two escorts to come to his home with his friend for a party. What could be more reckless than that?  

‘Like the chief medical officer [in Scotland] it’s disgusting hypocrisy, its unbelievably selfish and reckless.’ 

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has also grabbed headlines has questioned why footballers appear to have been exclusively targeted from the world of sport by the government to provide extra funds to aid the coronavirus crisis.

There were calls earlier this week, most notably from Matt Hancock, for players to give up a chunk of their wages, with the health secretary urging Premier League footballers to ‘do their bit’.

The Premier League held discussions with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on Saturday regarding a proposed player pay cut of 30 per cent, but that has been met with fury as a number of top-flight players are already planning to make direct donations to the NHS as they battle with COVID-19. 

But Rooney, who now plays for Derby County, has claimed footballers are ‘easy targets’, have been made ‘scapegoats’ and asked why ‘big stars from other sports’ have not been publicly called upon to make their contribution.

Writing in his Sunday Times column, Rooney said: ‘Whatever way you look at it, we’re easy targets. What gets lost is that half our wages get taken by the taxman. Money that goes to the government, money that is helping the NHS.

‘And what about the big stars from other sports, who are able to avoid tax by living in places like Monaco — why are they not getting called out? Why aren’t all the wealthy being forced to contribute extra? Wouldn’t that raise more money?’

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Mum washes her kids’ playmat for the first time in 25 YEARS and shows off the filthy results

AS people look for ways to keep busy in the coronavirus lockdown it seems mums are taking the opportunity to deep clean their homes. 

With no more excuses to keep putting off DIY or unappealing chores, one mum finally decided it was time to clean her kid’s playmat – after more than two decades.  

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After having the road-themed mat lying around for 25 years, she finally tackled the filthy rug after being stuck inside for nearly a week. 

She popped the mat in the tub filled with water and let it soak, but was horrified with the result. 

The bathwater turned a murky shade of brown, as the decades of ‘love and play’ were finally washed away. 

The mum shared stomach-churning snaps of the mat to Facebook group Mums Who Clean, where it’s racked up dozens of likes. 

She said: “How’s this isolation thing going?

“Day 6 and my house has never seen such love.

“Who knows might even scrub the walls and paint.

“Enjoy this soak photo. Washing out 25 years of love and play.”

After realising how filthy the mat was, she repeated the process and soaked it in the bath two more times.

The water got cleaner with each round of washing, and by the end the rug looked almost new with the colours brighter and sharper.

Numerous mums commented on the post, giving her tips on how to keep it spotless.

One said: “I have thrown these in the washing machine.”

While another parent added: “Fold it or roll it so the rubber backing doesn’t stick together!”

Meanwhile this mum transformed her tiny loft cupboard into an amazing chill-out zone for her toddler.

Plus this mum transforms her entire ‘shabby’ home for just £300 using B&M and Home Bargains buys.

And this Disney fan revamped her boring staircase with quotes from her favourite films using eBay bargains.

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Fury as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi refuse to let children into supermarkets

Supermarkets have imposed social distancing rules in their supermarkets due to the coronavirus. Shops have imposed two metre rules and are only allowing a certain number of children in shops at a time.


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However, the stores now also seem to be refusing to let children into shops with their parents.

Even single parents have been told their young children would have to wait outside without them.

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi have all been accused of this on Twitter.

Sainsbury’s shoppers wrote: “So when did you decide to stop allowing children into your stores?

“Absolutely disgusted by the security staff and service at Charcot road nw9 store. I was refused entry with my son and security told me to leave my 7yr old outside ALONE! I am a single parent!”

Another said: “If it’s only 1 adult and no children in @asda and @sainsburys then how does my daughter as a single mother shop?”

One ASDA customer wrote: “Was at Asda with my 7y/o this week & was told by security guards that I would be “allowed in this time but next time I’d need to work something else out”! Unfortunately many of us do not have the privilege of leaving our children safe at home.”

“Asda are allowing 1 person only from each household.. I just got turned away with my son. Luckily I could leave him outside if I wanted as he’s old enough. Kinda concerned for the single parents with younger children and no family/support though,” another said.

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An Aldi shopper wrote: “A friend visited @AldiUK this morning & has been told that she has to leave her 4 kids at the front of the store whilst she does her essential food shop. She’s a single mom & has no choice but to take her kids shopping.”

Asda responded on Twitter to claim this was not a policy.

It wrote: “You may have seen posts being shared on social media suggesting that families with children won’t be allowed into our stores. This isn’t the case.”

The government recently provided a lifeline for vulnerable food delivery after many struggled to get their hands on groceries. 

A vulnerable man has shared the lifeline that enabled him to finally arrange a delivery.

The government has provided support via a link, and one vulnerable man claims he has finally got a delivery slot after filling in the online form.

After filling in a link on the government website, he found slots at all stores.

He told “The gov posted this link yesterday I filled it out last night this morning I was able to go on to all stores to put order in.”

Where are the earliest slots available for delivery in the UK? 

Asda has sold out on online delivery slots up until April 14. Slots for the following weeks have yet to be released.

The supermarket is urging those who can to come in to store and take up delivery slots others may need more.

Tesco’s next delivery slot is April 14. Like most other retailers is it asking those who are well to come into the store to leave delivery for the elderly, disabled and those more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

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Bakery worker arrested after filming himself scratching his nose then rubbing all the loaves in coronavirus video prank – The Sun

SHOCKING footage of a bakery worker contaminating batches of bread rolls amid the coronavirus crisis has sparked outrage in Ecuador.

The disgusting clip was widely shared after the unnamed man filmed himself touching his nose before wiping his fingers on the freshly baked dough in Guayaquil.

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The culprit – himself wearing a surgical mask – grins as he glides his hands over buns rolling past on a conveyor belt.

The footage sparked a social media campaign to hunt down the sicko after causing outrage across the South American country.

He was eventually identified as an employee of bakery chain California Panadería & Pastelería.

The chain said the man had been identified and arrested, branding the prank a “terrorist act”.

The company added that the batch of bread had been pulled from shelves.

Pedro Pablo Duart, governor of Guayas province where the bakery chain is based, posted pictures of the suspect in cuffs in front of a police car.

He wrote: “One less antisocial on the streets of Guayaquil.”


Ecuador has been one of the hardest hit countries in South America so far, with more than 1,900 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 58 deaths.

And the worst hit area has been Guayaquil, where the bakery incident happened.

Troops have now been put on the streets in many neighbourhoods to enforce a lockdown, with hundreds arrested for breaching it.

The bakery prankster is not the first to spark outrage amid the global pandemic that has already killed more than 35,000 around the world.


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Another man who recorded himself deliberately contaminating goods by licking grocery store products was also accused of terrorism and arrested in the US.

Cody Pfister, 26, has been charged with making a terrorist threat following the "disgusting" act at a Walmart in in Warrenton, Virginia.

And a Brit boy, 14, was arrested and charged after allegedly coughing and spitting on a woman, 66, and shouting “coronavirus” in Manchester.

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Arkansas doctor, quarantined from family, sees home destroyed by tornado

The home of an Arkansas doctor — who was quarantined from his family as he worked in a hospital during the coronavirus pandemic — was reportedly destroyed by a tornado.

The twister hit the residence of Dr. Jared Burks, who had decided to separate himself from his wife, Alyssa, and 1-year-old son, Zeke, while logging countless hours as a resident physician at UAMS Northeast in Jonesboro.

Alyssa last Wednesday shared a heartbreaking photo to Facebook of her husband, who was outside the home, greeting Zeke from the opposite side of a glass door.

It was also the first time Jared witnessed his son crawl, Alyssa told KATV.

“As soon as he saw his dad he just raced to the door,” she told the outlet.

“He got up on the glass because I think he wanted him to hold him, so it was sad, it was cute, but it was really heartbreaking because it’s hard.”

The photo spread across the social media platform, with over 65,000 shares as of Sunday night.

“[Jared] is working right now in a rotation that has him all over the hospital, including the ER, and he just felt like it would be responsible for us to quarantine from each other,” Alyssa told KATV on Friday.

Saturday marked Jared’s first day off in two weeks, so he went back to the family’s Jonesboro home, while Alyssa and Zeke went to her mother’s house to maintain a social distance, she told ABC News.

Soon after, a powerful twister touched down in Jonesboro, ruining their home and injuring 22 people in the area, the report said.

Jared was not injured, seeking refuge in a bedroom closet, Alyssa told ABC News.

“We are all safe. Our house is gone. Jared was inside, but he survived by the grace of God,” Alyssa wrote on Facebook Saturday night.

“Please pray for us as we begin to pick up the pieces.”

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Martin Lewis gives urgent advice as Britons clear bank accounts: ‘The rules are simple’

Martin Lewis appeared via livestream to speak to presenters on Good Morning Britain. He answered the question: “Is our money safe in our banks?”


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The viewer claimed to know people who had cleared their bank accounts out.

Martin said: “Things are certainly safer in your bank than they are being held in your home, where any home insurance is protecting you, you usually get up to £1,000 in protection.”

There are protections in place for money in banks far higher than the £1,000 insurance pay out.

Martin went on: “Rules in the UK are simple. UK regulated savings accounts, which almost every single one that anybody’s heard of are, you are protected up to £85,000 per person, per financial institution.

“That is backed up by the government who I would be very surprised to see let a bank go bust at the moment because it’s so crucial.

“Even if it did, they would probably move the savings pot.

“If the state went bust, well we’d all have a bigger problem with our savings so I would suggest up to £85,000 in any financial institution you are safe yes.”

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9pm Man Utd news LIVE: Bruno Fernandes leaked WhatsApp messages, Sancho transfer LATEST, and Pogba shaves head – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are out of action until at least May after the Premier League extended its coronavirus ban.

Leaked Whatsapp messages have revealed Bruno Fernandes' mean side towards his teammates while he was at Sporting Lisbon.

Meanwhile, the Jadon Sancho transfer saga has reportedly been won by United, beating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.

Follow all the latest updates from Old Trafford below…


    Manchester United have reportedly upped their contract offer to Angel Gomes

    The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

    Yet Metro claim the Red Devils have already offered Gomes a salary of around £25,000-a-week on a two-year deal.

    But following interest from the Blues, United have offered a third year with instalments that could see the teenager net around £30k-a-week.


    Roy Keane's gold Aston Martin DB7 Vantage has been put up for sale for just under £24,000.

    The Irish hardman bought the flash motor to celebrate Manchester United’s Treble-winning campaign in 1999.

    There was no expense spared when Keane treated himself to the 3.2-litre vehicle over 20 years ago.

    As a constant reminder of his glory days, the midfielder ordered his car with a one-off gold paint job.

    It comes complete with black leather interior, an automatic gearbox and only has 60,000 miles on the clock.

    The car was registered in 1998 – just one year before United won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.


    Manchester United are pressing ahead with the development of Old Trafford that will vastly increase the options and capacity for disabled fans to attend matches.

    The club have been working closely with the Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association [MUDSA] in order to improve their facilities and make their historic home as accessible as possible for all match-goers.

    The Red Devils have confirmed that 118 new wheelchair positions are being created, as well as 158 new amenity seats across four locations of the stadium.


    Paul could be lured to Real Madrid from Manchester United because of his relationship with Zinedine Zidane, claims Dimitar Berbatov.

    The former Red Devils striker – now a Betfair Ambassador – said “If he was to move, wherever he goes he will be fine.

    “He knows that if it isn't working out that there is always a team waiting for him some place else and if he goes he'll play and do well.

    “One thing I will say about the Real Madrid rumours is, don't forget Zinedine Zidane is manager there.

    “When you have a manager or other players from the same country you always speak and know that you will get on, especially speaking the same language.

    “It makes you feel comfortable and that is not to be underestimated in this situation.”


    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted that his Old Trafford career could have been a lot shorter after refused to play in a League Cup tie against Arsenal.

    In an interview with former team-mate Gary Neville, Scholes said: “I don't know why I did what I did in 2001, but it is something I really regretted doing.

    “I wasn't in a great mood. I had been left out the Liverpool game the previous weekend and I knew that the team going down to Arsenal in the cup was basically a reserve side.

    “I just got a bee in my bonnet that I wasn't happy with things.

    “I had my reasons but it was stupid really. I ended up getting fined and having to apologise, but I was lucky.

    “The manager would have been within his rights to get rid of me.”

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Prince Charles has coronavirus: Full list of senior UK royals vulnerable to COVID-19

Clarence House released a statement after news broke that Prince Charles has coronavirus. The statement said: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”


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Now the Prince is his Birkenhall House with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess was also tested but is not positive.


For many, Charles age will cause concern, as the elderly at considered to be in a vulnerable group of the illness.

Which other senior members of the Royal Family fit into this category

Who are “senior” royals?

Senior royals are considered to be the Queen and direct descendants who carry out duties on behalf of Her Majesty.

While there are a number of “working royals”, senior royals are considered to be the most important among them.

List of senior royals

  • The Queen
  • Prince Charles
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
  • Princess Anne
  • Prince William
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Prince Phillip is not technically a senior royal in this regard as, at 98, he is retired from official duties.

However, generally he is still considered to be hugely important in the hierarchy of the family and he is still very significant in terms of his military accolades.

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Sometimes Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are also referred to as senior royals because they carry out important work for the Queen.

How far up a person is in the line of succession does not automatically make them a senior royal.

For example, Princess Beatrice is not a senior royal, although she is closer to the throne than Princess Anne, because she is privately employed.

Prince Andrew ceased to be a senior royal when he stepped down after he was linked to Jeffery Epstein.

Prince Harry, although sixth in line to the throne, is not a senior royal as he has opted to leave the post and move to North America to make a private income with his former-actress wife Meghan Markle.

A huge number of the British senior royals are vulnerable to coronavirus.

Vulnerable people include organ transplant recipients, people with lung cancer or cancer of the bone or blood. Those with respiratory conditions are also at risk.

However, age has proven to be the largest risk to most Britons.

While the average chance of dying of coronavirus is between 0.5 percent and one percent, this shoots up to just over five percent for those age 70 to 79 and to near 10 percent for those age 80 and over.

This puts the ageing British Royal Family at quite some risk. The Queen and Prince Philip, both in their 90s, are at most risk.

Princess Anne turn 70 in August, and so is has between 2.5 percent an five percent chance of passing away from the virus if infected. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are both in their 70s.

Of the six official senior royals, four are vulnerable.

This means over 60 percent of British senior royals are at a higher risk.

Some members of the public blasted the Prince Charles coronavirus test, when the kits are sought after in the UK. 

They also questioned whether Prince Charles really met the criteria for testing with “mild symptoms.”

One Twitter user wrote: “Prince Charles hasn’t been hospitalised but he’s been tested but they refused to test my mum an NHS worker who has symptoms.”

However, Clarence House said: “The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”

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