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tv   Ros Atkins on... The Royal...  BBC News  March 13, 2021 6:45pm-7:01pm GMT

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england a dramatic win — just their second of the six nations this year. wilfried zaha has become the first premier league player not to take a knee before kick—off. he promised a couple of weeks ago that when he returned from injury he would "stand tall" instead. and that's exactly what he did before today's win over west brom at selhurst park as alex gulrajani reports: making a stand, wilfried zaha used his return to remind the world that for many, taking a knee has not stopped racist abuse. back from injury after five weeks, he celebrated with a telling role in the game's on the goal. his cross handled by darnall, penalty to crystal palace. luca really makes a mistake from 12 yards out, as much
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as sam wanted one today. his west brom side desperately need a win to avoid relegation. chant sank at them in this one denying mission been a first goal of the season. at the other end, the baggies were finding the going tough. the 15th time disease and they failed to score and a premier league game. they wanted to work out how to do that if they are to stay of the season. after the game palace manager roy hodgson backed zaha's stance on not taking a knee. i would be very surprised if there's any negative publicity for him because it's almost ludicrous to think wilfried zaha has done this because he does not care about the racism subject, if anything is about racism subject, if anything is about racism and abuse and level playing fields, and a chance for diversity, its wilfried zaha. i think he's right up there as the lead protagonist. thomas tuchel�*s unbeaten run is now
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up to 12 games with chelsea, but they missed the chance to go third in the premier league after a goalless draw at leeds. leeds almost gifted chelsea a goal early on when luke ayling's clearance rebounded off a team mate and the bar. at the other end tyler roberts went close, seeing his shot rebound off the woodwork. but that was as close as either side got. everton are looking to move within two points of chelea with a win. against burnley latest. the leaders manchester city meanwhile can open up a 17 point gap at the top if they beat fulham in the late game. hibernian have moved six points clear in third place in the scottish premiership after coming from behind to beat ross county 2—1. kevin nisbet with the winner, that leaves them deep in relegation trouble. as are hamilton, who were beaten 2—1 by livingston who have sealed a top—six place with one game to go before the split. a reminder of our top story, tributes are being paid to murray walker who has died aged 97. former bbc f1
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presenterjake humphrey spoke to murray recently. he said "he was in a residential home, hating getting older. however, i could hear the sparkle and pride in his voice when we spoke about lewishamilton�*s 7th title. murray set the standard. i'm honoured to call him a friend." another former colleague martin brundle said "rest in peace murray walker. wonderful man in every respect. national treasure, communication genius, formula one legend. two time world champion mika hakkinen posted i'm deeply saddened by the loss of murray walker. or reaction for you later. that's all from sportsday. in this week's edition, i'm going to look at how the british royalfamily found itself at the centre of the most talked about story in the world — for the wrong reasons. back in 2018, it was different.
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the wedding of harry and meghan was the moment ofjoy. it was also a moment of change, and moment of difference and diversity for the royalfamily. from the guests to the performers, to the service. they are going to have an impact long after i've flown back to the us. they are going to have an impact through their lives. and the difference was noticed and celebrated. it's kind of a big moment, because we've never seen anyone like meghan in the royal family. but now, less than three years later, harry and meghan have stepped back from royal duties. they live in california, they've been interviewed by oprah winfrey. and relations with the rest of the royal family are strained. race is still part of the equation, but for very different reasons. meghan told oprah winfrey she considered taking her own life during her lowest point. in a wide—ranging interview on cbs, she also spoke of conversations in the household about how dark their unborn son archie's skin might be.
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we can't know what happened in that conversation. in the words of the palace, recollections may vary. and this is prince william's response. is the royal family. a racist family, sir? very much not a racist family. what is certain is that the upset and the division within this family is real. and in the eyes of many, this is a lost chance to change and stay relevant. i think meghan was a huge missed opportunity, because harry and meghan were obviously screaming into their pillows, you know, nothing heard. after the interview i thought, oh, that's it. the royal family have really, really quite blown it. the independent put it this way.
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and while the royal family would not accept that description, this definitely was not the plan. they really wanted this to work, and they will be looking very closely now at the reasons why it didn't. they are looking closely, so is a watching world. so why didn't it work? why did this chance pass by? that, of course, is very hard to answer, but there are three apparent contradictions within the british monarchy that may help us understand. the first is however very public family can lead a very private life. that's long that the royal�*s goal, and it's long looked near to impossible. let's go back to 1936. the british empire faces an extraordinary crisis. i i not for centuries have these housesl of parliament witnessed so dangerous a political struggle. shall king edward viii marry mrs simpson? i in fact, he abdicated to do just that. king edward viii�*s decision to marry the american divorcee wallis simpson mattered,
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in part, because it changed the head of state, but also because the public were voracious consumers of the royal soap opera. and that public glare has continued. in 1981, prince charles spoke about it. i don't know about diana, but i'm more used to it, i think probably now. knowing for years that the cameras are poking at you from every quarter. and recording every twitch you make, so you can get used to a certain extent, and on those occasions you accept that that's part of it. i think if you don't try to work out in your own mind some kind of method for existing, and surviving this kind of thing, you would go mad i think. each royal has to find their own method, says charles. this current split connects to a disagreement over what method that should be. for harry and meghan, the method was simply to leave. prince harry has revealed that the pressure caused by newspaper reports damaged his mental health. in an interview with presenter
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james corden, the princess said his decision to move to the united states was what any husband and father would do. from 1936 to 1981 to 2021, we see the same tension. private versus public. but the idea that everything has to be kept in—house risks looking out of date. this is hillary clinton this week. you know, this young woman was not about to keep her head down. you know, this is 2021. and this is all connected to what the bbc royal correspondent jonny dymond calls the merging of personal and public roles, of tradition. the mix of public accountability, ceaseless media interest, in that last point from johnny leads us to a second, related contradiction. how the british monarchy manages its global reputation, and stays relevant while saying next to nothing. bear in mind, the queen is the head of state to 16 commonwealth countries, and that number is going to go down. barbados and the caribbean will leave the commonwealth
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later this year. and its former high commissioner, guy hewitt, explains how this weeks furore placed directly into that decision. it represents notjust a simple of historic oppression, but as we see with harry and meghan, the continued residue of the discrimination and the racism that made the british empire. history has been, and is part of the royal family's selling point. it's a symbol of a long connection between britain and other countries. but in some places that connection is being reappraised, because of shifting views of colonialism and because of this week. news america's publishers across the caribbean and latin america. it ran this editorial which asks, will caribbean nations finally dropped the queen as their head of state?
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now, as we heard, the royalfamily denies there is racism, but this illustrates the challenge. a two hour harry and meghan interview creates one powerful impression. a short statement is the palace�*s response. and these different approaches are relevant because of debates already under way. for example, in australia. it's our country, it's our constitution. you know, and our head of state should be an australian citizen, should be one of us. not the queen or king of the united kingdom. now, let's be clear, there's no sign australia is about to become a republic. the point is, though, the story of harry and meghan is, in part, the story of the royal family's future role in the world. it's a point we've heard throughout the week. the royalfamily, they are part of the commonwealth, they leave the commonwealth, they, you know, are leading a diverse country. and so i think the issues that are raised to effect us. they affect more than just their family. they do. and the split with harry and meghan is connected to different views
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of where the royal family fits into the world. and also crucially, how and if to talk about that. and if that is the family, my third point concerns the uk itself. if there's such a thing as a brand, if you are talking about in relation to a country, this country's brand has been tarnished. and to use bonnie greer�*s word, the royalfamily is part of the uk's brand. it's also central to the uk sense of self. the british are enthusiastic royalists. recent polls showed every age group supports the monarchy being the head of state. and looking back to that sunny spring day in 2018, and the girl we heard from earlier, the possibilities for the uk and the royal family were palpable. everyone from different nationalities just singing together, and i was like, even though there is a so much going on in our world, it's like this brought us together, this wedding. the historian, professor david has written...
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well, perhaps for the royalfamily, for parts of the british press, even for parts of the country, the answer is yes. perhaps there is an unresolved contradiction in trying to reshape a hereditary monarchy to fit into a modern, multicultural 21st—century democracy. it is come at the very least, hard. we seen that this week. it's also no surprise that the institution steeped in tradition moves at its own pace. the risk, though, is that it gets left behind. we still have some big shower clouds lurking, it has been a blustery day with hail and thunder in places. there is rain in the forecast for tomorrow, but the chances are that the morning is actually going to be quite sunny, maybe even gloriously sunny for some.
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through this evening, scattered showers across the country, still a good breeze out there, but i think the second half of the night it is going to turn clear, the winds will fall light and it will be quite nippy, early in the morning it will be close to freezing in newcastle and hull. for most it will be around 4 or 5 degrees. lots of fine weather in the morning, lighter winds, but a weather front is approaching and we are expecting rain in the second half of the morning, at least in northern ireland and around lunchtime, approaching many western parts of the uk. eastern scotland should have a decent day, and mainly the extreme south—east, but the afternoon overall for the bulk of the country is looking pretty wet again.
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this is bbc news. the headlines at seven: the prime minister borisjohnson says he and his partner will light a candle this evening for sarah everard after an official vigil in south london was cancelled. despite this, hundreds of people have gathered at clapham common, with police officers in attendance. metropolitan police officer wayne couzens has appeared in court after being charged with sarah everard's with sarah everard's kidnap and murder. most of italy is set to shut schools, shops and restaurants from monday after an increase in coronavirus infections. the tighter restrictions will extend to the whole of the country over easter. former formula 1 commentator murray walker has died. he was 97.


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