Insights from the UK and beyond
from Royal Wedding Diary:
Will Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day be overshadowed by a minority of protesters smashing up central London and attacking police?
That's the fear of ministers and senior officers after a few hundred anarchists broke off from a mass march by unions through central London at the weekend and smashed the front of shops, banks, and the exclusive Ritz hotel among others.
Instead of pictures of the happy couple waving to crowds as they ride in a carriage from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, the worry is hundreds of millions of global TV viewers will instead be treated to images of black-clad protesters scuffling with officers.
It wouldn't be the first time that those angry with the government's public spending cuts and tax rises have taken out their anger on the royal family.
from Fan Fare:
The parents of Prince William and Kate Middleton have not missed the marketing opportunity their children's upcoming royal wedding presents.
Middleton's family, which runs a party paraphernalia company called Party Pieces, has begun stocking regal trivia cards with crowns to scratch off and retailing at 3.99 pounds for a pack of 10. The cards, added to a range of products on offer for street parties -- expected to be held up and down the country on the day of the wedding -- have left the Middletons open to criticism that they are tastelessly cashing in on their daughter's marriage to the second in line to the throne.
The prince tried to have French architect Jean Nouvel removed from a 500 million pound office and shopping project next to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Guardian said in an investigative report.
Watching the Diana inquest unfold, you sometimes felt that the lunatics had taken over the asylum.
With an extraordinary cast of characters straight out of central casting, it would have been rich fodder for any scriptwriter on a surreal soap opera.
Unlawfully killed by the negligent driving of her chauffeur and the paparazzi chasing their limousine into a Paris tunnel – that’s the verdict of the six-month inquest into Princess Diana’s death in 1997. But conspiracy theories have always suggested something far more sinister happened.
Lord Justice Scott Baker, the coroner heading the inquest, was sure about one thing….he ruled there was no evidence that Prince Philip was behind Diana’s death, something Mohamed al-Fayed, the father of her lover Dodi, who also died in the crash, has long maintained.