Queen Battled Cancer in Secret During Final Years According to Prince Philip’s Friend

The Queen had battled painful cancer in the final year of her life, a friend of Prince Philip has claimed in a new book.

Gyles Brandreth’s writing, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, shed light on the late monarch’s ‘stoicism’.

He claimed she had suffered from a form of bone marrow cancer over the course of her final years.

The Queen’s death certificate had stated that she died of ‘old age’.

It also confirmed that only the Princess Royal would have been by Her Majesty’s side in her final moments.

The death certificate, released by National Records of Scotland, noted the time of the Queen’s death on Thursday September 8 as 3.10pm.

Quotes from Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait have been obtained by MailOnline, suggesting what had caused the monarch’s health to deteriorate.

According to the outlet, Mr. Brandreth wrote: ‘I had heard that the Queen had a form of myeloma — bone marrow cancer — which would explain her tiredness and weight loss and those ‘mobility issues’ we were often told about during the last year or so of her life.

‘The most common symptom of myeloma is bone pain, especially in the pelvis and lower back, and multiple myeloma is a disease that often affects the elderly.

‘Currently, there is no known cure, but treatment — including medicines to help regulate the immune system and drugs that help prevent the weakening of the bones — can reduce the severity of its symptoms and extend the patient’s survival by months or two to three years.’

The royal biography, serialised in the Daily Mail, also delved into how the Queen was forced to ‘go on’ following the death of her beloved husband.

It was said that the late monarch had found ‘a new comfort’ with Prince Philip in one another’s company during lockdown.

Once restrictions lifted, they travelled to Scotland and Sandringham, as well as at Windsor.

The biography also detailed the Queen’s ‘determination’ to be with Prince Philip when he died.

It claimed she ‘barely left his side’ in the final few weeks of his life.

A period of ‘intense personal grief’ soon followed, but the Queen was said to have found huge comfort in her loved ones and believed it was her ‘Christian duty’ to carry on.

‘Life goes on. It has too,’ she said.

Her Majesty’s love for Line of Duty helped distract her, with such TV dramas working to ‘keep her spirits up’ after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

But, it’s thought that she sometimes struggled to keep up with the plot, which saw stars including Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, and Adrian Dunbar attempt to fight corruption,

The Queen also disliked the constant ‘mumbling’ on it and other programmes.

Plus-Size Model Stopped from Boarding Flight ‘Because She was Too Big’

A furious plus-size model has said she was stopped from boarding a Qatar Airways flight to her native Brazil because she was too large for her seat.

Social media influencer Juliana Nehme, 38, has now accused the middle eastern airline of discriminating against her due to her size.

In a post for her 118,000 Instagram followers, Juliana said she was not allowed to board her flight from Beirut to Doha on November 22.

She had been on holiday in Lebanon with her family and had arrived in the country via Air France without a hitch, she told her followers.

But being denied boarding on her first return flight meant she also went on to miss her onward connection to Sao Paulo, where she lives.

Juliana said Qatar Airways did not offer to refund her the £830 she had paid for her ticket. Instead, the influencer claimed, the airline said she needed to buy a first-class ticket – which has larger seats – for £2,480, so she fit into a seat on the plane.

Juliana took to social media to vent: ‘They are denying my right to travel… I’m desperate, help me, they don’t want me to board because I’m fat.’

The influencer ended up staying in Lebanon with her mother, while her sister and nephew returned home.

She told her followers: ‘What a shame for a company like Qatar to allow this type of discrimination against people! I’m fat, but I’m just like everyone else!’

At the time of reporting, Juliana remained in Lebanon unable to get back home.

‘I’m here at the Qatar Airways desk, with tickets I bought to go to Doha and from Doha to Brazil,’ Nehme told her thousands of followers on Instagram in Portugese.

‘With no reason, the stewardess from Qatar said I cannot board because I am too fat, and according to her, I have no right to have this plane ticket.

‘I paid $1,000 on my plane ticket, almost R$ 6,000 (Brazil’s currency). I’m here with my mum, my sister and my nephew, a total of $4,000 in tickets for her to simply deny the tickets and not let me board the airplane to Doha, because I am fat.

‘Now, what am I going to do? They are denying my right to travel, but I came here by AirFrance and everything went well, I had no problem. And now, they are denying my ticket,’ a clearly upset Nehme claimed. ‘They are requiring me to buy an executive ticket to go back to my own country, but I came here with normal seat ticket.

‘I am desperate, they don’t want to board me, because I’m fat. I need to buy a business ticket, which is $3,000, I don’t have this money. I don’t know what to do, there is only 30 minutes until the airplane takes off. They are saying I have no right to board in the airplane, because I’m fat. I don’t know what to do.’

Qatar Airways was named the world’s best airline at the 2022 Skytrax World Airline Awards – a record seventh time.

With airlines looking to cut costs as much as possible, how to approach the sensitive topic of overweight passengers has been a contentious subject. 

Airline carriers are tasked with calculating the weight and balance of their aircraft to ensure its within allowable limits for the safety of the plane. 

In the United States, it has been suggested that the country’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) weighs some passengers before they board.

In recent years, increasing obesity rates in the US means that the standard numbers used by the airline industry to average out passenger weight is likely outdated and therefore, unsafe to use. 

It was said at the time that weighing select passengers at airports would establish a more accurate number for average passenger weight so the number of seats available on flights can be adjusted accordingly.   

Critics of such a move say this would open the door to discriminatory practices. 

Huge Fire at Factory in China Leaves 38 Dead

Officials say an investigation is underway into what caused the tragedy at the two-story facility operated by a wholesaler of industrial equipment, clothing and chemical products.

A fire swept through a two-story factory in central China on Monday, killing 38 people in one of the most deadly fires in the country in recent years.

According to a statement from local officials, the fire started around 4 p.m. at Kaixinda Trading, a wholesaler that deals in a variety of goods, in Anyang, a city in Henan Province known as a high-tech development zone that was once an ancient Chinese capital. Teams of rescue workers extinguished the fire by around 11 p.m., state media reported.

On Tuesday, state media attributed the cause of the fire to electrical welding that violated regulations. In a statement released on Monday, the Anyang police said they had “placed relevant suspects under control.”

A video shared by state media showed a bright-orange fire raging at the end of a street, as firefighters fastened a hose onto a fire truck and a column of smoke billowed. State media reported on Tuesday that the fire had been fueled by the burning of “plastics, cloths, furnitures and medications, among others.”

Kaixinda Trading sells, among other items, clothing, furniture, chemical products and industrial equipment. It was established in 2007, according to public records.

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In 2013, a fire in a poultry plant in Jilin Province killed 120 people and stirred public outrage over workplace safety concerns. State media outlets reported at the time that doors and windows at the factory had been locked to keep workers from leaving during work hours. Similar accusations were reported after a 1993 fire killed 81 people at a Shenzhen doll factory.

After a factory blast in Jiangsu killed 69 workers and injured hundreds more in 2014, President Xi Jinping ordered an investigation and Li Keqiang, China’s premier, called for more stringent safety checks at factories across the country, according to a government statement at the time.

In recent years, China has moved to reduce factory accidents, and fire regulations around fire management in dense areas have proliferated.

“Just because there are laws and regulations does not mean there are guarantees” of safety, said Jiang Dining, a fire safety expert and a member of the Chinese Fire Protection Association.

Mr. Jiang called the Henan blaze a “particularly serious fire,” a term used in his field for fires that kill more than 30 people or cause 100 million yuan, or $13 million, in damage. Monday’s fire was the first in China to claim that many lives in the past years, he said.

Plane Bursts into Flames After Crash Landing That Left 2 Dead

A plane burst into flames as it smashed into a firetruck in Peru’s capital of Lima yesterday – killing two firefighters.

The LATAM Airlines jet collided with a firetruck on the runway as it was taking off from the capital’s airport on Friday, resulting in the death of two firefighters, the carrier said.

Peru’s health ministry said that 20 passengers were being treated in a clinic, and at least two were left in serious condition after the incident. The airline said no passengers or crew members were killed.

The ministry said 61 people had been moved to nearby clinics and hospitals from Jorge Chavez International Airport. It was not clear whether this was due to injury or precaution.

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President Pedro Castillo expressed condolences to the families of the two firefighters in a statement on Twitter, saying he was praying for the recovery of those injured.

It was unclear why the firetruck entered the runway while the plane was taking off. The prosecutor’s office said it was investigating the incident as potential manslaughter.

This is the second incident in less than a month involving LATAM Airlines, after one of its planes had its nose destroyed during a severe storm that forced it to make an emergency landing.

Chile-based LATAM Airlines’ Peru branch said it was deploying all its resources to attend to those affected, and work with authorities to support the investigation.

Video posted on social media showed the jet colliding with the firetruck as it careened down the runway, then rapidly catching fire and smoking heavily as it ground to a halt.

“Everyone in the departure lounge was apprehensive until we saw the plane stopped, and then the fire engines and ambulances arrived,” said Mauro Ferreira, a Brazilian waiting to board a flight home to Panama, who filmed the incident.

“It was a harrowing feeling because we didn’t know how many people were inside the plane and the flames were very tall.”

Lima Airport Partners, which operates Jorge Chavez, Peru’s most important airport, said the airport will remain closed at least until 1pm (6pm UK time) on Saturday.

The flight was LA2213, covering the domestic Lima-Juliaca route, LATAM Airlines said.

World Cup TV Reporter Robbed Live on Air in Qatar

An Argentinian TV reporter has been taken aback by the response of Qatari police after getting robbed during the opening days of the 2022 World Cup.

The tournament kicked off in earnest on Sunday evening with the hosts having been on the end of a 2-0 defeat to South American side Ecuador. In the build-up to the opening match, Argentine journalist Dominique Metzger was conducting a live broadcast from the Corniche area of Doha.

During the broadcast items from her handbag were stolen. She reported the robbery to local police and was left bemused by their response to the incident after authorities asked her what punishment they would like to be imposed on the guilty party.

She said: “I went to the station and that was when the cultural differences began. The policewoman said to me: ‘We have high-tech cameras everywhere and we are going to locate him [the thief] with face detection. What do you want the justice system to do when we find him?'”

She was left confused by the statement and asked for further clarification. Metzger continued: “What justice do you want? What sentence do you want us to give him? Do you want him to be sentenced to five years in prison? Do you want him to be deported?”

Indeed, Metzger did not request a specific punishment and replied simply that she wanted her lost items safely returned. It remains to be seen whether the reporter received her items back or not but the Qatari authorities have attempted to reduce crime at the tournament.

It has been reported that approximately 15,000 cameras with facial recognition have been installed at stadiums. The incident with Metzger is the second in an ever-growing list of run-ins that reporters have suffered over recent days.

Danish network TV2 were approached by a group last week whilst they were producing a piece. The footage of the incident went viral with tournament organisers being forced to apologise.

An official statement read: “Tournament organisers are aware of an incident where a Danish broadcast crew were mistakenly interrupted during a live broadcast in one of Qatar’s tourist destinations.

“Upon inspection of the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was made to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity.

“Tournament organisers have since spoken to the journalist and issued an advisory to all entities to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament.”

The World Cup continues on Monday with England kicking off their Group B campaign against Iran.

Prince Andrew ‘Secretly Flies to Middle East’ to ‘Secure New Job’

Prince Andrew has reportedly made an unannounced visit to Bahrain following claims he is plotting a new role as a UK trade representative.

The disgraced Duke is said to have flown to the Gulf state this week on a private jet owned by a Swiss billionaire associate who has not been named.

He was received as ‘guest of honour’ by long-standing friends in Bahrain’s autocratic royal family who paid for his stay at a five-star hotel where the Royal Suite costs £8,600 a night, according to The Sun.

It would be the first time Andrew has left the UK since a golfing trip to Spain in 2019 weeks after the death of his paedophile billionaire friend Jeffrey Epstein.

But there is no public record of the trip as the 62-year-old is no longer a working royal, having been stripped of the status over sex abuse allegations against him.

It follows claims that he sought to take advantage of a Saudi-led bottleneck on global oil production by proposing himself as a go-between who could persuade sympathetic Middle Eastern royals to let up.

Friends of the Prince, who was UK trade envoy from 2001 to 2011, told the Private Eye magazine in August that he ‘fancies his chances of another go at being the government’s special representative for international trade and investment’.

Andrew had some success with a similar ploy in 2015 when he was temporarily deployed to ‘restore good relations’ with Bahrain despite having stepped down from the envoy role after years of mounting criticism linked to his behaviour on the job and friendship with Epstein.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend the Endurance event on day 3 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor Great Park on May 12, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew is said to be on friendly terms with King Hamad (Picture: Getty)

His supporters are said to believe ‘a prince could succeed’ where PMs and presidents failed as ‘sometimes a royal will only speak unto another royal’.

But they have been reduced to a ‘dwindling band of deluded acolytes’ with waning influence, the Eye reported.

Royal experts, PR gurus and political pundits widely agree there is virtually no chance Andrew will get another chance after forking out a rumoured £12 million to settle a case with his sex accuser Virginia Giuffre.

The prince’s reported hosts have been accused of overseeing ‘dismal’ human rights abuses by international watchdogs.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by DAVID HARTLEY/REX/Shutterstock (10233850ai) Prince Andrew with the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the Royal Windsor Endurance race. 76th Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 10 May 2019
The pair’s last public meeting is thought to have been at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2019, where King Hamad is a frequent guest (Picture: Rex)

Bahrain’s government, which is hand-picked by King Hamad and stuffed with members of his extended family, has been condemned by the UK, the US and the EU for violently cracking down on dissidents.

As well as banning opposition candidates from elections, the royals have been accused of directly ordering attacks on protesters, who are frequently tortured in prison.

Last year Human Rights Watch and the London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) claimed that 13 children aged between 11 and 17 were beaten and threatened with rape and electric shocks after being arrested at demonstrations.

Amnesty International says Bahraini’s voters have no real choice and live in an ‘environment of political repression’.

Helicopter Plummets to Ground in Mexico Before Exploding in Fireball Killing Five

The crash happened in Jesús María, Aguascalientes State, Mexico, when the helicopter belonging to the Aguascalientes Secretariat of Public Security crashed in a field killing all five people onboard

A helicopter has plummeted to the ground killing a security chief and four others in a huge fireball.

A Mexican security official was among those who died in the tragedy.

Porfirio Sánchez Mendoza, secretary of security for the Mexican state of Aguascalientes, died along with four other victims, two captains and two gunners.

The crash happened in the municipality of Jesús María yesterday morning.

The Eagle 1 Helicopter, which belongs to the Aguascalientes Secretariat of Public Security, crash landed in a field, killing all five people onboard.

Video footage shows the helicopter plummeting nose-first to the ground before exploding in a huge fireball.

Other images show the flaming wreckage in the field as the emergency services deal with the aftermath.

First responders from various Federal, State and Municipal authorities arrived on the scene to deal with the wreckage and the victim’s bodies.

State Governor Teresa Jimenez Esquivel, 38, confirmed the cause of the accident is ongoing, stating that there is no indication of foul play at the current time.

The governor also extended her condolences to the victims’ families, adding: “We deeply regret the death of these five men.”

Jimenez Esquivel stated that “everything indicates” it was an accident and promised to share further information after the investigation has been carried out.

After the crash, the deceased pilot was praised for managing to crash-land in a vacant plot far from populated areas.

At the moment, the cause of the crash is unknown and the investigation continues.

Another helicopter crash was reporter last month when the aircraft landed in front garden of home after spiralling out of control.

Footage was captured on a doorbell camera in California at around 10am on Saturday.

The helicopter can be seen dropping out of the sky and crashing into a nearby palm tree as a car miraculously avoids the crash.

Fortunately, the pilot and the single passenger survived the terrifying crash and came away unscathed.

Dozens of concerned neighbours made their way out to the devastating crash to check on the pilot and passenger.

The pilot of the Bell 20GB chopper was a 47-year-old man and the passenger was a 33-year-old man.

The pair managed to walk free from the helicopter crash and were found talking and breathing, according to police.

They were taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries and were later released that day.

Police said the pilot was operating a test flight with the helicopter normally used for geological surveys.

However, before the frightening crash the duo claimed there was a loud popping sound just before the chopper started to fall.

Remarkably, the helicopter crashed into a tree and managed to avoid the houses in front.

Police believe if the tree wasn’t there the helicopter could have crashed into nearby houses and the fallout could have been even more horrific.

None of the neighbours and residents were injured following the impact of the crash.

Authorities are still investigating how the crash happened and cops believe the chopper hit one of the houses on its side – before crashing into the palm tree and to the ground.

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Prince Andrew ‘Totally Blindsided’ by Charles

Then-Prince Charles and Prince Andrew had a meeting just days before the Queen’s death, sources have said.

According to the Daily Mail, Charles summoned Andrew for a “dressing down” after being made aware of the effect his alleged actions were having on the late monarch.

Charles had reportedly been told by the Queen’s senior staff that Andrew’s “persistent lobbying” to make him a “working royal” again following the sex assault allegations against him was “taking its toll,” an insider told the paper’s Ephraim Hardcastle column.

The meeting was said to have taken place at his Birkhall estate in Scotland, where Charles reportedly told Andrew he would never return to royal duties, as well as warning him he’d find it hard to get a charity that would make him patron.

“Andrew was totally blindsided,” an insider said of the meeting, the Mail claimed. “He is utterly bereft. He always believed there was a way back.”

Andrew has also been left devastated by his mother, the Queen’s death, as she was his “chief supporter,” the paper claimed.

The source said, “Andrew was extremely close to the Queen and tried to raise the issue of his return to public life many times with her. On some occasions she would say mildly conciliatory things but most of the time she would change the subject immediately to avoid talking about it.”

The insider continued, “Naive as it may sound, he always had hopes of regaining his position as a senior royal.

“At the meeting, Charles told him that he can go off and have a good life, a nice life, but that his public life as a royal is at an end. He was told, ‘You have to accept this.'”

Andrew was stripped of his honorary military roles and patronages back in January following the sexual assault accusations against him.

Soldier Survives 1,600ft Fall After Parachute Fails to Open

This is the moment an Indonesian paratrooper plunged 1,600ft when his parachute got tangled during a training exercise – but miraculously survived. 

Salman Krisnes, a member of the country’s Quick Reaction Forces Command, was taking part in a training exercise at Sulaiman Air Base, east of the capital Jakarta, around 10.30am on November 8 when the accident happened.

Video captured from the ground showed Salman jumping from a low-flying Hercules C-130 aircraft along with other troops – but plunging from the sky when his parachute failed to open properly.

Despite the horrifying fall, the Indonesian Air Force said Salman survived with a fractured hip and is now recovering in hospital.

Colonel Gunawan, spokesman for the Quick Reaction Forces, said: ‘ One of the soldiers had an accident and was unable to control his parachute perfectly because several ropes were tangled when he jumped from the plane.

‘Due to this incident, the soldier suffered a fracture to his right hip and has received medical expert assistance.

‘He was referred to the Indonesian Air Force Hospital Salamun Bandung. Currently his condition is stable and he is being referred for further treatment.’ 

Indonesia’s Quick Reaction Forces Command – known as Kopasgat – are an elite special forces unit contained within the Indonesian Air Force.

They are known as ‘orange berets’ for the colour of their headgear and are often tasked with anti-terrorism operations.

Kopasgat are also tasked with seizing and defending airfields, responding to aircraft hijackings, intelligence operations, and parachuting into battle. 

Russian Missile Reportedly Kills 2 in Poland – Will NATO Get Involved?

Russia’s war on Ukraine appears to have spilled over into Poland, after a Russian missile reportedly crossed into the NATO member country and killed two people, according to the Associated Press

The missile was ostensibly intended for Ukraine as Russia carried out an extensive bombing of Ukrainian energy facilities on Tuesday. Regions all over the country were reportedly targeted, including Lviv in the west. The Polish village of Przewodów, where the projectile reportedly struck, is about two hours north of Lviv. 

Reports of the missile strike first emerged in Polish media, with firefighters saying two people died in an explosion in Przewodów. Polish Radio ZET also reported that two stray missiles had hit Przewodów, while an anonymous U.S. intelligence official relayed the info to the AP. 

Officials in Poland and the United States have yet to confirm the report. A Polish government spokesperson, Piotr Mueller, tweeted that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was holding an emergency meeting about a “crisis situation.” 

Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said during a news briefing, “We are aware of the press reports alleging that two Russian missiles have struck a location inside Poland near the Ukraine border. I can tell you that we don’t have any information at this time to corroborate those reports and are looking into this further.”

The missile strike could have serious repercussions because Poland is a NATO country, and thus protected under the group’s “collective self-defense” clause. That clause, known as Article 5, stipulates that any attack on one NATO member, is an attack on the whole alliance, permitting members to use military force to defend each other.

The harrowing possibility of the war expanding to include NATO member nations has been looming over since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February. Though Ukraine is not a NATO member — and Russia has demanded it not be allowed to join the alliance — it is bordered by several NATO countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Russia also borders two NATO counties — Estonia and Latvia — while its other neighbor Finland was formally invited to join the alliance in June (as did Sweden).

Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks condemned the reported attack on Twitter. “My condolences to our Polish brothers in arms,” he wrote. “Criminal Russian regime fired missiles which target not only Ukrainian civilians but also landed on NATO territory in Poland. Latvia fully stands with Polish friends and condemns this crime.”

Back in March, President Joe Biden affirmed the U.S.’s commitment to Article 5 during a speech in Poland, warning Russia: “Don’t even think about moving on one single inch of NATO territory.” He added, “We have a sacred obligation under Article 5 to defend each and every inch of NATO territory with the full force of our collective power.”

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