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Meghan Markle makes a ‘very brave’ request to King Charles ahead of her return to California with Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle has requested a private meeting with King Charles to heal rifts before her departure to California with Harry after the Queen’s funeral, a royal reporter has alleged.

Neil Sean, an entertainment correspondent who has appeared on NBC News, MSNBC and Access Hollywood, said that he had heard from a “very good source” that the Duchess of Sussex had sent a letter requesting a private conversation with the King.

Mr Sean claims that Meghan wants to “clear the air” before they fly back to the US to be with their children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.

Sean said in a video posted to YouTube: “She’d now like, before they return back to California, to have a one-to-one audience with King Charles III.

“That’s right—Meghan one-to-one with King Charles. You heard correct.

“It’s a very brave move from Meghan herself.”

Detailing the content of the letter Meghan reportedly wrote to King Charles, Neil said: “It would be an opportunity to clear the air, pull the rights from wrongs and explain some of the rationale behind what they’ve been doing over the last two years.”

Neil Sean then added: “Now, you know, you have to admire Meghan’s self-belief, whatever you think.”

However, Sean warned it remains unclear if the letter will be enough for the couple to make amends with the Royal Family.

“Truthfully, we have no idea if this is going to go forward.”

Sean said it was customary to request the King’s presence through a letter.

“This is how you write to the King through his equity, and of course that’s passed on,” he told his YouTube channel.

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China Records 60,000 COVID-Related Deaths In One Month

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China says it recorded at least 60,000 COVID-related deaths between December 8 and January 12.

This was disclosed by the country’s national health commission on Saturday.

According to the South China Morning Post, the recent figures are the first official toll to be released since the country lifted restrictions.

On January 8, China lifted restrictions on foreign travel, ending its quarantine requirements for inbound travellers.

Jiao Yahui, director of the national health commission’s medical affairs department, said medical institutes recorded 5,503 deaths as a result of respiratory failure triggered by COVID infection.

He added that 54,435 other deaths were from people infected with COVID-19 but with underlying conditions, such as cancer or cardiovascular diseases.

The commission also said most of those who died were over 65 years of age.

As panic continues to spread on the actual situation in China and its implications globally, some countries have accused China of not being transparent about the latest outbreak.

Some have gone ahead to impose restrictions on travellers from China, demanding negative COVID tests.

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), warned the Nigerian government to make it mandatory for persons arriving in Nigeria from China to produce negative COVID test results.

However, Ifedayo Adetifa, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said the federal government is not yet considering severe COVID restrictions.

He said the commission will keep reviewing the developing situation.

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Ukraine: US And Germany Agree To Send Armored Fighting Vehicles

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US president Joe Biden and his German counterpart Olaf Scholz have agreed to send armored infantry fighting vehicles to help Ukraine fight Russia, a day after France said it would supply its own armoured vehicles to Kyiv in an attempt to create a breakthrough in the 10-month war.

Ukraine has repeatedly said it needs 600 to 700 infantry fighting vehicles plus 300 tanks from from the west in order to give its military a chance of breaking through the increasingly fortified Russian positions along the frontline.

Until now, however, the US and Germany have been wary of supplying Ukraine with Nato-standard armour, because they feared it would be interpreted by Russia as escalatory. But the decision to supply western armoured vehicles is significant, even if both countries stopped short of sending tanks.

The joint announcement followed a phone call between Biden and Scholz and is a big change in western military support for Ukraine, which has asked for up to 700 armoured vehicles to help force the Russians out.

“The United States intends to supply Ukraine with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and Germany intends to provide Ukraine with Marder infantry fighting vehicles,” the White House said in a statement on Thursday January 5.

Germany will also supply Ukraine with a Patriot air defence system, in addition to one promised by the US last month, the White House added. Both countries will train the Ukrainian military on the Marders and Bradleys, although it it was not immediately clear how many of each would be supplied.

“This is a good decision,” said Robert Habeck, the German vice-chancellor and economy minister, whose department has to green-light weapons exports.

“Since the start of the war we have continuously expanded our support in coordination with our partners. It is only logical that we also take this step.

“Ukraine has the right to defend itself against the Russian attack, and we have the duty to help her.”

Also on Wednesday France said it was upping its military aid to Kyiv by supplying an unspecified number of AMX-10 RC light armoured vehicles capable, experts said, of scouting roles and supporting main battle tanks. Hours later Biden hinted the US was considering following with the Bradleys.

Earlier on Thursday, senior German ministers indicated their country’s position was also evolving rapidly. Habeck, on a visit to the Norwegian capital, Oslo, said Germany’s position had never been “static” and that it would be influenced by France and the US’s willingness “to deliver lighter tanks”.

The German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, made similar comments. “I have pointed out time and time again we work with our partners to see what kind of military support is required by Ukraine,” she said after a meeting with her British counterpart, James Cleverly, in London. Cleverly himself said tanks “might well be” part of the next phase of weapons transfers.

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How William Attacked Me During Fight Over Meghan – Prince Harry

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The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has claimed that the Prince of Wales, who is his brother, Prince William, physically assaulted him.

He made the revelation in his highly-anticipated memoir, Spare, a copy of which was obtained by Guardian UK on Thursday.

In the memoir, Harry recounted how his brother grabbed him by the neck and pushed him to the ground.

He said their relationship fell apart over his marriage to Meghan Markle.

On Thursday, Guardian UK said, “Describing a confrontation at his London home in 2019, Harry says William called Meghan ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’, which Harry calls a ‘parrot[ing of] the press narrative’ about his American wife.

“The confrontation escalated, Harry writes, until William ‘grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and… knocked me to the floor.’”

Harry claimed that the incident resulted in visible injury to his back.

There is stringent pre-launch security around the book, Spare, which is set to be published simultaneously across the globe next week.

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