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The heir and the spare: Prince Harry’s memoir hits shelves



In one of the most anticipated memoirs of 2023, Prince Harry’s picture from inside the Royal Family has hit shelves

Prince Harry’s 416-page memoir offers a string of sensational claims and accusations including details surrounding his mother’s death; and his father’s marriage to Queen Consort, Camilla; and his own struggles with mental health.

In his book, ‘Spare‘, the 38-year-old prince writes about physical conflict with his brother, William, Prince of Wales.

In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, Harry said “it wasn’t pleasant at all. And he [William] snapped. And he pushed me to the floor.”

He told journalist Anderson Cooper the altercation was centred around “certain things”, which his brother was told “by people within his office”.

“And at the same time, he was consuming a lot of the tabloid press, a lot of the stories. And he had a few issues, which were based not on reality. And I was defending my wife. And he was coming for my wife.”


Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle was not there at the time. But he reportedly sustained a cut to his back. “He apologised afterwards. It was a pretty nasty experience,” he said.

The death of his mother, Princess Diana

Prince Harry recalls the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Aged 12, he writes how his father did not hug him when Diana passed away.

He told CBS, he felt guilty at his mother’s funeral. “The people that we were meeting were showing more emotion than we were showing,” he said.

As part of Prince Harry’s bid to receive closure for his mother’s death, he sought to replicate the same journey made on the night of Diana’s death.

However, he writes about how it left him with more questions rather than answers.

Harry and William did not want their father to marry Camilla

Harry and William did not want their father to marry Camilla. “We thought it was going to cause more harm than good,” he said.

“If you are led to believe as a member of the family that being on the front page is going to improve your reputation then that’s what you’re going to do.”


The book also reveals Harry and William held seperate meetings with Camilla before she formally became part of the family.

Turning to drugs and alcohol

Harry admitted to using cocaine on several occasions. He writes “it wasn’t much fun and it did not make me feel especially happy as it seemed to do to everyone else, but it did make me feel different, and that was my main objective.”

He also shed some light on his time at Eton College, where he smoked cannabis in a bathroom while his bodyguards were outside.

When he was 17, Harry shares the story of how he lost his virginity to an older woman in a field.

Killing Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

Upon his posting to Afghanistan, he said he found his calling.

He described the deaths of 25 Taliban fighters as “chess pieces removed from the board”.

“It wasn’t a statistic that filled me with pride but nor did it leave me ashamed.”


He served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan during 2012–13, where he took part in six missions.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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How has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?



Many global issues continue to have an impact on multiple sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, how has the hospitality industry changed ?

Numerous international challenges including inflation, worker shortages, the Russia-Ukraine war and rising tensions between the United States and China—continue to have an impact on many sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

According to the 2023 State of the Restaurant Industry report, the foodservice sector is forecast to reach $997-billion in sales in 2023—driven in part by higher menu prices.

So, how has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joins us to discuss. #PriyaKrishna #thenewyorktimes #food #hospitality #economy #veronicadudo #business

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Why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?



American diners across the nation may be bewildered by an unfamiliar charge at the bottom of the check—a“service charge,”tacked on with little explanation.

So, why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?

You’ve probably noticed it’s a lot more expensive to go out to eat.

The post-covid world is still working try and get back to pre-pandemic economic output.

And the hospitality industry is no different.

An increasing number of restaurants have added service charges of up to 22%—or more—in recent years in to keep up with rising costs.

So, are these changes in the hospitality industry a byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joined us to discuss. #hospitality #restaurants #PriyaKrishna #veronicadudo #inflation #pandemic #economy #thenewyorktimes

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China and the U.S. now caught up in a deadly game



As the U.S. and Chinese defence bosses spoke in Beijing, many in the room realised one thing – the two are far from ready to talk.

A thinly veiled criticism of the United States was delivered by Chinese Defence Minister General Li Shangfu.

In his first public statement to an international audience since becoming defence minister in March, Li highlighted China’s Global Security Initiative, a set of foreign policy principles and directions in line with Beijing’s style of diplomacy, which was announced in April last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“It practises exceptionalism and double standards and only serves the interests and follows the rules of a small number of countries,” he told Asia’s biggest defence conference.

Among them are opposition to unilateral sanctions and economic development as a means of stemming instability and conflict.

“Its so-called rules-based international order never tells you what the rules are, and who made these rules,” Li said in a speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, without naming the US or its partners.

#featured #china #li shangfu #south china sea #taiwan

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