Britain on high alert ahead of King’s coronation
The U.K.’s Security Minister has confirmed anti-monarchy groups will be allowed to protest at the King’s coronation
The coronation of King Charles is just hours away now.
Among the fanfare and celebration, Britain is on high alert.
The U.K.’s Security Minister has confirmed anti-monarchy groups will be allowed to protest at the King’s coronation.
This follows news one group planning a demonstration on the Coronation route was warned of new laws banning “serious disruption”.
The group, called Republic, accused the Home Office of sending an intimidating message.
The security operation will be one of the largest in the history of the Metropolitan Police, with protests and any threats to crowds closely monitored.
The Met’s authority is granted under the Public Order Act, which came into effect on Wednesday.
Just days before this, the Home Office wrote two letters to Republic to list how it had tightened laws on the right to protest.
Republic’s chief Graham Smith says the letter was out of line.
Opinion polls do show support for the monarchy has weakened in recent years.
The coronation comes at a time when Britain is gripped by double-digit inflation, and some residents are questioning the expense of the event.
There’s also the controversy surrounding Prince Harry and Prince Andrew which doesn’t help the monarchy’s cause.
Regardless, the findings from a large survey found well over half of the U.K. would still vote for a constitutional monarchy, with less than a quarter against.
When given five identities to choose from, 39 per cent described themselves as ‘committed’ or ‘mainstream monarchists’ – with 37 per cent identifying as ‘modern republicans’ or in favour of abolishment.
Others chose the ‘neutral’ category, saying that while the monarchy needs to be scaled back, any alternative to it might end up being worse.
King Charles isn’t the most popular royal, either.
He has a positive approval rating of just 54 per cent, well below that of his late mother, on 76 per cent, William, on 64 per cent.
Prince William was out wooing crowds with wife, Kate, in Soho.
But regardless of what you think about the monarchy – the coronation is sure to a be a spectacle and millions will be tuning right around the world to watch.
Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help
Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology
‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.
Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.
He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.
Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”
The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.
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