Pompeo says US will begin reimposing sanctions on Iran

Tensions between the US and Iran appear to be ratcheting up again after the international community paused typical foreign affairs to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday the United States would begin reimposing sanctions on foreign companies doing business with Iran on its nuclear sites, giving countries 60 days to wind down their operations.

In a statement, the nation’s top diplomat accused the Iranian regime of continuing what he called “its nuclear brinkmanship by expanding proliferation sensitive activities,” arguing that he could not justify renewing a sanctions waiver that had been in place beyond the 60-day wind-down period.

The move will impact companies from Russia, China and the EU three, also known as France, Germany and Italy, which will now have two months to convert these nuclear facilities for peaceful purposes, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Chris Ford told reporters after the department’s decision was announced.

For its part, Iran called on the White House to lift sanctions in an effort to help stop the spread of coronavirus back in April.

In response, the State Department asserted that all sanctions on the Middle Eastern country were unrelated to coronavirus response efforts.

“We have repeatedly said that US sanctions do not impede the Iranian regime’s response to the Covid-19 crisis,” State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said at the time.

The department also accused Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of flatly rejecting an offer from the US for humanitarian assistance at the time.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denied this claim, saying, “American leaders are lying…If they want to help Iran, all they need to do is to lift sanctions…Then we can deal with the coronavirus outbreak.”

The same day as Pompeo’s latest sanctions announcement, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unveiled over 100 missile-launching speedboats which it said would boost the country’s naval power and allow them to challenge US naval power in the Gulf.

“Today we announce that wherever the Americans are, we’re right there beside you, and in the near future you will sense us even more,” Iranian Naval Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said at the unveiling ceremony, according to the Xinhua news agency.

“Defense is our logic in war but not in the sense of passivity against the enemy,” IRGC Chief Commander Hossein Salami added during his remarks.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have spiked since President Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

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How primary schools will look from June 1 – with kids dropped off in pens & sent home if they refuse to social distance – The Sun

A PRIMARY school has revealed how classrooms will look from June 1 with children being dropped off into pens and sent home if they refuse to social distance.

Pupils at Kingsholm church of England school in Gloucester will be separated by bollards on arrival and given a three-strike policy to play by the rules.

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Headteacher Jan Buckland said the holding pens will be “roughly a quarter of the size of a netball court”.

She added the barriers will consist of “bollards with a bit of ceiling tape around to designate the area, some cones and things”, Gloucester Live reports.

Youngsters will arrive at schools in a staggered system with queues and walkways for parents and pupils to follow.

Some schools, such as Kingsholm, are using timeslots based on surnames, with parents being asked to drop children off alone, without siblings or other children.

Later, a member of staff will take each group to their classroom.

There is also a set route parents must follow through the school site, arriving and leaving by different entrances.

THREE STRIKE POLICY

Mrs Buckland said that if pupils refuse to follow the strict social distancing rules they will be sent home – with a three-strike policy in place.

She added: “We will talk to the parents, if a child is being [non-compliant] then what we will do is phone the parents and the parents will then have to come and collect them.”

Schools across the country preparing classrooms with teachers at St Anne's CE primary school in Sale, Greater Manchester, photographed measuring the distance between desks and spraying markings for pupils outside.

Parents have been forced to homeschool their children since the lockdown began at the end of March.



NEW RULES FOR SCHOOLS

  • Ensuring 2m distance between secondary pupils – meaning most classes are no more than half their usual size
  • Kids should be encouraged to wash their hands more regularly – and schools should get more cleaning
  • Pupils should be kept in small groups only, and not allowed to mix with others
  • Breaks and start times should be staggered so that kids aren't mixing in corridors and on playgrounds
  • Schools can use rota systems, but they should do them for individual days and not split them between mornings and afternoons
  • Pupils should be encouraged to walk or cycle to school where possible
  • Kids should be told not to socialise with their friends outside the school gates before and after classes
  • Anyone with virus symptoms should stay home

BACK TO SCHOOL

But last weekend Boris Johnson gave the green light for primary school kids to go back to school from June 1, and other years from June 15.

However, older pupils were today told that the main form of their education for the meantime will be at home and online.

Government advice said: "We are asking secondary schools to offer this face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 pupils, which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term for pupils in these year groups."

It comes after a huge row between the Government and teaching unions about whether it's safe for schools to return for more pupils yet.

Firebrand unions have come up with a string of conditions that have to be met first.

But Boris Johnson has insisted his track and trace system will be in place from June 1, so that any new coronavirus cases can be easily tracked and stopped from spreading further.

And he has acknowledged that not all schools will be able to go back at once, allowing classrooms time to get ready if they need to.


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Is Will going to discover Harriet and Malone's affair? Emmerdale fans are raging

EMMERDALE fans were left livid after Harriet accepted Will Taylor’s marriage proposal despite her ongoing affair with dodgy detective Malone. 

So is Will going to discover what Harriet’s up to and cancel their wedding? Here’s everything you need to know…

Is Will going to discover Harriet and Malone’s affair?

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Emmerdale are yet to confirm whether Will sees the light and dumps Harriet before she manages to make it down the aisle, but that hasn’t stopped fans hoping that Harriet will meet her downfall. 

One fan tweeted: “I feel so sorry for poor Will , Harriet is being so unfair, its all going to end badly”

Another fan added: “I can't wait will taylor find out about Harriet and Dl Malone history together and they sleeping together too and will taylor butter off with Kim Tate than Harriet”

A third said: “Harriet caught the filth bug off Moira, proper minging."

What do we know about Harriet’s affair with Malone?

Fans predicted that Harriet and Malone had history weeks ago when she called him to say that Will seemed to be up to something dodgy.

And viewers were right as Malone turned out to be an old friend who she knew from her time as an undercover cop. 

Harriet asked Malone if he’d been able to trace Will’s gun back to his old gang and Malone pretended he hadn’t had any leads, before changing the subject to Harriet’s dating life.

But Harriet eventually discovered what Malone was up to – and that he was the culprit who had drawn Will into a dodgy drugs operation.

Harriet threatened to call the police if Malone didn't stop blackmailing Will into doing his dirty work for him – and Malone agreed to let Will go.

Malone and Harriet’s romantic history was then confirmed as the pair gave into their desires for one another in the church.

But Harriet immediately regretted her actions and, when Will proposed to Harriet earlier this week, she buried her guilt about Malone and accepted his proposal.

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The countries which will PAY you to go on holiday after coronavirus

COUNTRIES hit hard by tourism are offering to pay travellers to return once the pandemic is over.

Many popular holiday destinations are struggling as flights are grounded and borders have closed around the world.

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The UK has currently advised against all non-essential travel, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine from June 8.

This means travelling abroad may not be likely any time soon, despite pleas from countries such as Spain for tourists to return for the summer season.

However, others are offering deals and even payments to entice travellers.

Here are some of the ways tourist hotspots are offering to pay for your holiday after coronavirus.

Sicily

Sicily, located off the south of Italy, is attempting to lure foreign visitors back to the island.

For every three nights you stay at a hotel, they will cover one of them, along with museum and archeological entry tickets.

They will also pay for half of your plane ticket fare.

The government will use €50 million (£43 million) to fund the scheme, with losses of €1 billion (£876,000) reported from March and April.

Japan

The Japanese government may pay for half of your plane ticket to get travellers to return.

Other incentives are also being considered.

Japan Tourism Agency spokesperson Hiroshi Tabata said during a news conference that the government is putting aside $12.5 billion (£10.2 billion) to encourage tourism, according to local media.

They may also subsidise other travel expenses in the country.

Mexico

Cancun resorts are looking to offer free hotel stays for when Brits return.

According to the Cancun Hotel Association, one new measure will be a "Come to Cancun 2×1" offer.

This will include two free nights for every two paid nights, with some suggestions of plane ticket discounts as well, according to local media.

Bulgaria

Some beaches in Bulgaria are to become free for tourists, as well as the amenities such as sun loungers and umbrellas.

While the government won't pay Brits for their holiday, the offer will incentivise families to return by the saved money

Brits could also be given money to go on a holiday in the UK, according to Visit Britain boss Patricia Yates.

She told Sun Online Travel: "So we could be looking at marketing campaigns or yes, you could give money straight to people and incentivise them to holiday at home."

It follows reports that Italians will be offered €500 to go on holiday within the country.

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When will Tekashi 6ix9ine’s new song be released and what is it called? – The Sun

THE rapper recently caused quite a stir with the likes of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande with his song Gooba.

But now Tekashi 6ix9ine is promising that his new song will "break the internet".

When will Tekashi 6ix9ine's new song be released?

The recently freed rapper announced on his Instagram account that the release of his new song will be Friday, 29 May, 2020.

On 20 May, 6ix9ine posted a picture of himself holding some kittens with the caption: NEXT VIDEO WILL BREAK THE INTERNET IM PUSHING IT BACK TILL NEXT FRIDAY MAY 29TH 😍😍😍😍🌈🌈🌈🌈💦💦💦💦💦🍭🍭🍭🍭

NEXT VIDEO WILL BREAK THE INTERNET IM PUSHING IT BACK TILL NEXT FRIDAY MAY 29TH 😍😍😍😍🌈🌈🌈🌈💦💦💦💦💦🍭🍭🍭🍭

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Is the song a collab with Nicki Minaj?

Rumours that the song is a collaboration with rapper Nicki Minaj surfaced on Wednesday (May 20), when Power 105.1 radio jock Honey German revealed the news via Twitter. Honey tweeted: “I’m hearing that @6ix9ine has a new track with @NICKIMINAJ coming out soon – Let us wait"

This would not be the first time Tekashi and Nicki have collaborated, as she featured in his song Fefe back in 2018.

On May 23, 2020, 6ix9ine said he would let fans pick the title for the upcoming track.

MOST LIKED COMMENT WILL BE THE NAME OF THE SONG

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6ix9ine's friend and blogger, DJ Akademiks, offered the suggestion, "Taco."

Nicki Minaj then tweeted an emoji of a taco, which created more hype about the possible Nicki collab.

On 24 May, 2020, Tekashi posted on his Instagram that whoever guesses the feature on his new song will get to go to his house.

The majority of the comments are guessing Nicki Minaj.

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THE WINNER GETS TO COME TO MY HOUSE

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What are Tekashi 6ix9ine's biggest songs?

Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, is known for songs such as Bebe, Fefe, Stoopid, Billy and Tati.

His most recent song Gooba was released alongside a music video and broke the record for the most-viewed online hip hop video in the first 24 hours.

The rapper's debut album Dummy Boy was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

What happened between Tekashi, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber?

6ix9ine recently caused a stir when he claimed that Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber "bought" their spot at number one on the Billboard chart.

The rapper's song Gooba ranked in third place, with Doja Cat's Say So remix with Nicki Minaj in the second spot, and Bieber and Grande at number one with Stuck With U.

Justin responded to the allegations in an Instagram story: "60,000 units came because we don't disclose our numbers until the end of week.

"That's called strategy."

He went on: "The rules are clear one credit card can buy max 4 copies. Anything over that the entire amount gets thrown out.

Ariana's post further defended her fans against Tekashi's accusations calling them "ride or die motherf**kers and I thank god every day that I have them in my life.

"Not just when they fight for us to win (even when I ask them not to as I did this week) but because they’re some of the greatest people I know.”

Following Ariana's post, Tekashi responded in a video captioned: “You say for me to be humble …. I don’t think you know what humble is……….

"YOU ARE VERY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL GOD BLESS YOU. But you will NEVER UNDERSTAND MY PAIN.”

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Volvo will limit top speed to 112MPH in all of its new cars

Volvo will place electronic speed limiters in all of its new cars to prevent drivers from going faster than 112mph, and parents will be able to limit top speeds even further for their teens

  • Every new Volvo sold will now have an electronic speed limiter 
  • The device will ensure cars never travel above 112mph to lessen accident risk
  • The device makes the Swedish manufacturer compliant with a new EU law that will require all cars sold in Europe to have limiters starting in 2022

Every new Volvo sold from now on will have a maximum speed of 112mph, or 180kph in Europe, as part of the company’s efforts to reduce auto fatalities.

Every new car will come equipped with an electronic speed limiter that will ensure drivers can’t go beyond 112mph, even when fully engaging the accelerator.

A company spokesperson confirmed there won’t be any way to override the limiter, even in case of emergencies.

All new Volvo models will now come with an electronic speed limiter that will ensure the cars never travel above 112mph to minimize the risk of accidents

‘We believe we have an obligation to continue our tradition of being a pioneer in the discussion around the rights and obligations of car makers to take action that ultimately save lives, even if it means losing potential customers,’ the company said in a prepared statement.

According to Volvo, there will only be two exemptions to the new limits: Cars produced for the police, and those manufactured for the German market, where some sections of the country’s freeway system have no speed limit.

The company is also introducing a new feature called Care Key, which will allow owners to create custom speed limitations below 112mph, intended primarily for parents with teenagers, according to a report in Autoblog. 

The electronic speed limiting feature will make Volvo compliant with legislation passed by the European Commission in 2019, which will require all new cars manufactured and sold in Europe to have a built-in speed limiting device starting in May 2022.

Volvo announced first its electronic speed limiter in 2019, shortly after the EC legislation was passed.

‘Volvo is not a car for those who are boy racers,’ Volve CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.

‘Our value is for people who want to protect what’s important further.

‘While a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life. Speed kills, and there is no reason to go beyond 112mph.’  

The Swedish car manufacturer first announced the new feature in 2019, shortly after the European Commission passed legislation that will require all cars sold in Europe to come with a similar speed limiter starting in 2022

The company confirmed that it’s also working on a number of other unannounced safety features that ‘will be introduced in future cars.’ 

Volvo announced one possible new feature in 2019, a set of cameras and motion sensors in a car cabin to detect signs of driver intoxication. 

The proposed system would monitor the driver’s pupil dilation and track their response times, and could potentially take control away from a someone behaving in an intoxicated manner. 

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Anthony Joshua will never forgive A-list ‘pals’ who ditched him after shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr – The Sun

ANTHONY JOSHUA will never forgive the celeb fake fans who ditched him after his shock KO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

AJ was the darling of the chat-show circuit with stars from sport, TV, film and music desperate to be ringside and backstage for his run of 22 victories.

But he noticed too many A-listers dropped him quicker than Ruiz did in his disastrous US debut in June last year.

The Watford fighter regained the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles before Christmas — but has left the hangers-on in his past.

Joshua, 30, said: “I always keep my childhood pals close, I have never been a celebrity brown-noser.

“When you have a No 1 record, a No 1 film or are a boxing champion and it all goes downhill, the celebrities are on to the next thing.

“But when you are with your people, who know you for you, nothing really changes. It was the people spectating from a distance who had a lot to say.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I know who I am and as I get older I am getting stronger and more resilient — no one will ever be able to break me.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn is working on an audacious plan to bring world title boxing back in July, with fan-free bouts held in the grounds of his Matchroom office HQ in Essex.

I always keep my childhood pals close, I have never been a celebrity brown-noser.

Hearn insists his star attraction will not fight the IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev behind closed doors.

But Joshua cannot see any way around the problem. He added: “I could tell you me and Pulev are going to do a small hall with loads of testing but the gyms are not even open.

“Until the government gives it the go-ahead, I don’t see how it can work.

“Unless we put a ring in a car park and people can watch from their cars.”

Joshua dedicated the first weeks of lockdown to his family.

But he gave up on homeschooling his son JJ after getting an email from his private school.

He joked: “In the first week I was Superdad — I was coming down the stairs with a cape on.

“But then I got slapped with an email invoice for school fees and I thought ‘Woah, if I am paying fees then these teachers best be doing their jobs as well’.

“The home schooling was taken off me after a couple of weeks but his mum does a great job with him.”


Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte has again called on Tyson Fury to finally give him the crack at the WBC title he earned way back in 2017.

The Brixton boxer, 32, moaned: “It makes me angry because Tyson Fury refused to fight me in a mandated fight for the WBC diamond belt.

“The fans and the boxing world need to put pressure on the WBC and Tyson Fury to fight me next. It’s a joke.”

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N’Golo Kante: Chelsea will allow midfielder to stay away from training amid coronavirus fears

Chelsea will allow N’Golo Kante to stay away from training because of coronavirus fears – even if it means missing the rest of the season.

The French midfielder, 29, returned to limited training on Tuesday at the club’s Cobham base.

But he has since decided to train at home, a move supported by Chelsea.

Kante caused concern among team-mates in 2018 when he fainted after a training session; his brother died of a heart attack the same year.

According to the Office for National Statistics, black men and women are nearly twice as likely die from coronavirus than white people in England and Wales.

Kante’s decision follows a similar stance taken by Watford captain Troy Deeney.

On Tuesday, it was announced that there had been six positive tests across three Premier League clubs, including one from Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.

Chelsea do not know when the World Cup winner plans to return to training, which began this week in small groups with social distancing measures in place.

But they recognise Kante has genuine concerns and while Cobham has been made as safe as possible, no pressure has been applied to the former Leicester player to reverse his decision.

Phase one training began at Premier League clubs this week with hopes that the season, suspended on 13 March, can resume in mid-June.

Chelsea have nine league games remaining and sit fourth in the table.

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Swimming pools will be told to use more chlorine when they reopen

Swimming pools will be told to use more chlorine when they reopen after World Health Organisation said the chemical can kill coronavirus in water

  • World Health Organisation has claimed chlorine can eliminate Covid-19 in water
  • Swim England will produce social distancing and chlorination rules for pools
  • It said concentration of chlorine in swimming pools should be at least 1.5mg/l
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Swimming pools will be told to use more chlorine when they reopen to the public after research showed a certain concentration of the chemical kills coronavirus. 

Britons are able to swim outdoors in lakes and the sea under eased lockdown rules, but Boris Johnson said last month ‘we can’t do anything for swimming pools’ because there is a ‘lower risk outdoors than indoors.’ 

Research from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has, however, found a certain concentration of chlorine can eliminate coronavirus in water.  

Swim England, the national governing body for the sport, is now developing social distancing and chlorination rules for 4,000 indoor facilities when they eventually reopen to the public, the Telegraph reported.  

Swim England, the national governing body for the sport, is developing social distancing and chlorination rules for 4,000 indoor facilities when they eventually reopen to the public (Pictured: Saltdean Lido, London on May 14)

Richard Lamburn, Swim England Head of Facilities, said pool water which is ‘well filtered with the appropriate level of disinfectant has been shown to be an environment where viruses and bacteria cannot survive.’

He added that ‘chlorination, high temperatures and high humidity’ in the environment also significantly reduce spread of the deadly virus, which has killed more than 36,124 people in Britain.      

‘According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a residual concentration of free chlorine of more than 0.5 mg/l in the pool water for a minimum of 30 minutes of contact at a pH of less than 8.0 is sufficient to eliminate enveloped viruses like coronaviruses,’ he said.

Chlorine kills bacteria and viruses in water by forming a weak acid called hypochlorous acid, which is able to destroy bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli and eliminate viruses including influenza. 

It works by effectively tearing apart a pathogen and breaching its cell walls. But for the acid to be effective, it needs to remain at a pH of between 7.2 and 7.8.

Mr Lamburn added that Swim England, which has been working with operators on how to maintain their pools since they were shut on March 20, has now developed chlorine targets for facilities when they eventually reopen.

Richard Lamburn, Swim England Head of Facilities, said pool water which is ‘well filtered with the appropriate level of disinfectant has been shown to be an environment where viruses and bacteria cannot survive’ (Pictured: Tooting Bec Lido on May 14)

Mr Lamburn explained last month that Swim England would ideally like up to three weeks’ notice for the industry to get pools ready for public use

‘In order to reduce the contact time to eliminate the virus, Swim England support PWTAG’s recommendation that levels of free chlorine in swimming pools should be at least 1.5mg/l, with a pH value between 7.2-7.4,’ he said.

‘That would be sufficient in preventing the virus from transmitting through water.’

He explained last month that Swim England would ideally like up to three weeks’ notice for the industry to get pools ready for public use.  

Before this could happen, a number of procedures would need to be carried out, a document said, including reheating the pool and ensuring the water has passed a micro-biological test.

 Pictured: A family cool off in the River Lea on Thursday as temperatures soar across Britain

Crowds of people visiting Southend beach during hot and sunny weather in Southend, Essex yesterday as temperatures rose

Mr Lamburn said: ‘We have been in regular communication with key stakeholders regarding the impact on facilities and have also been sharing knowledge and information with Sport England, Swim Ireland, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales.

‘A lot of pools have never closed before so we’ve been providing the guidance and support needed to local authorities and operators to ensure they were safely shut down and maintained.’     

Places for People, which maintains council-run swimming pools in London, added it was ‘working tirelessly’ with Swim England to prepare for the reopening of indoor facilities.  

Under eased Covid-19 restrictions, Britons are permitted to spend time outdoors, for example picnicking and sunbathing, with one person from outside their household so long as they stay two-metres apart.

People can now also exercise outdoors more than once a day, and use outdoor sports courts and facilities. 

Boris Johnson explained these changes allow people to access lakes and the sea, but told MPs earlier this month ‘we can’t do anything for swimming pools’ because there is a ‘lower risk outdoors than indoors.’  

Photographs taken as temperatures soared this week captured dozens of Britons as they flocked to beaches and lakes to enjoy the glorious sunshine. 

Tooting Bec and Saldean lidos remained abandoned in eery images, however, as they were closed to those in the capital amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Prince Charles will be 'best prepared monarch we've ever had'

Prince Charles will be the ‘best prepared monarch we’ve ever had’ but will ‘have to keep his mouth shut’ and has ‘a lot of uncomfortable baggage’, royal experts tell ITV documentary

  • Royal experts discuss Prince Charles’ future ascent to the throne tonight 
  • Prince Charles will be ‘best prepared monarch we’ve ever had’, Penny Junor says
  • British royal author appears on ITV documentary The Queen: Inside The Crown
  • However historian Piers Brendon says the heir to the throne, 71, has the potential to ‘divide opinion rather than unite it’

Prince Charles will be the ‘best prepared monarch we’ve ever had’ but will ‘have to keep his mouth shut’, royal experts have claimed in an insightful new documentary.

Speaking on tonight’s ITV documentary The Queen: Inside The Crown, which airs at 9pm, British historian Piers Brendon said the heir to the throne, 71, has the potential to ‘divide opinion rather than unite it’.

Agreeing, former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter also insisted that the Prince of Wales will have to learn to ‘keep his mouth shut’ upon becoming King, and ditch his ‘outspoken nature on politics, architecture and the environment’.

Yet despite the ‘uncomfortable baggage’ referenced by Piers in the programme, where he referred to Charles’ separation from Princess Diana in 1992, British royal author Penny Junor said attitudes towards the Prince had changed for the better.

Prince Charles (pictured recently) will be the ‘best prepared monarch we’ve ever had’ but will ‘have to keep his mouth shut’ and has a lot of uncomfortable baggage, royal experts have claimed

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at a reception in Ottawa, Canada in June 1983. The royal couple separated in 1992

She claimed: ‘Prince Charles will be King, and he will be the best prepared monarch this country has ever had.

‘I think the nation has changed in its attitude towards Charles. Years ago we wrote him off as a nutter who talked to his plants but today he is in a really good place. 

‘He laughs again, he jokes, he’s relaxed and I think that makes him a much better prince, much better father and much better man all round.’

But other royal commentators didn’t share Penny’s faith and even suggested Charles would have to leave his outspoken ways behind him.

The heir to the throne has the potential to ‘divide opinion rather than unite it’, suggested historian Piers Brendon on tonight’s ITV documentary The Queen: Inside The Crown. Pictured: Charles with his wife Camilla earlier this month on VE Day at the Balmoral War Memorial

‘He’s written his spidery letters to ministers, asking the sort of questions we would want answers to,’ said Dickie Arbiter. ‘But he won’t be able to do that when he becomes King because constitutionally, he’ll have to keep his mouth shut.’

The Queen’s former press secretary referred to the letters Prince Charles wrote to government ministers, expressing his views on policy in 2004 and 2005. 

They were given the name ‘black spider’ memos because of Prince Charles’ handwriting style.

Prince Charles’ personal life has often dominated headlines, especially the end of his marriage to Princess Diana and his love affair with his now-wife Camilla.


Yet despite the ‘uncomfortable baggage’ referenced by Piers Brendon (pictured left) in the programme, referring to Charles’ separation from Princess Diana in 1992, British royal author Penny Junor (pictured right) said attitudes towards the prince had changed for the better

Elsewhere in the programme, the Prince of Wales’ goddaughter India Hicks (pictured) said: ‘[Charles] is a man that is utterly utterly dedicated to hard work. He has been brilliant in waiting because my god it’s been a long time in waiting.’

Piers Brendon said the father-of-two has a ‘lot of uncomfortable baggage’, adding that the Queen – who is the longest reigning monarch in history and the first to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee in February 2017 commemorating 65 years on the throne – ‘never had that’.

‘She emerged absolutely pristine on to the throne. He has had a very rackety past.   He could do the crucial thing that a monarch shouldn’t do which is to divide opinion rather than unite it.’ 

Elsewhere in the programme, the Prince of Wales’ goddaughter India Hicks said: ‘[Charles] is a man that is utterly utterly dedicated to hard work. He has been brilliant in waiting because my god it’s been a long time in waiting.’ 

The Queen: Inside the Crown is on tonight at 9pm on ITV 

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