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tv   Review 2021  BBC News  December 31, 2021 11:30am-12:01pm GMT

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this is bbc news, the headlines: new figures show that covid—related absences in acute nhs trusts in england went up by more than 40% during christmas week. in his new year's message borisjohnson has urged people in the uk to take a covid test before celebrating tonight. and they've already started ringing in the new year in new zealand, with a lightshow in auckland harbour. now on bbc news, review 2021, the royal year.
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# give us this day our daily bread... the nation, and his family, said goodbye to the duke of edinburgh — the man who'd been by the queen's side for more than 70 years. my dear papa was a very special person who i think, above all else, would've been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him. in the months after prince philip's death, the queen carried on with her duties until her health required her to slow down. carving their own paths away from the uk, the duke and duchess of sussex told their truths to a global audience... you're not going to tell me who had the conversation? i think that would be very damaging to them. ..and still smiling for the cameras, despite a challenging year.
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you're watching bbc news. we have just received a statement from buckingham palace confirming that the duke of edinburgh has died. the statement says, "it is with deep sorrow that her majesty the queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, his royal highness the prince philip, duke of edinburgh. his royal highness passed away peacefully this morning at windsor castle. " friday the 9th of april. after a month—long stay in hospital, prince philip, the longest—serving consort in british history, had died. he'd been a public figure for most of his adult life. but in private, he was head of the family and, after his death, his eldest son was the first to speak on their behalf.
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i particularly wanted to say that my father, over i suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to the queen, to my family and to the country, and also to the whole of the commonwealth. and as you can imagine, my family and i miss my father enormously. he was a much—loved and appreciated figure. and apart from anything else, i can imagine, and we're so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and in the commonwealth who, also, ithink, share our loss and our sorrow. in the days after his death, the tributes and obituaries to prince philip gave many a better understanding of the man and his achievements.
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the award scheme which has helped so many millions of young people realise their potential, his lifetime of campaigning on environmental issues, and much more. but he will primarily be remembered for the unwavering support he gave to the queen. two days after his death, his children revealed how the monarch was coping. she described it as having left a huge void in her life. but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we are there to support her. and i know that there is a huge amount of support — not just for her, but for everybody as we go through this enormous change. it's just for that wave of affection for him and those lovely stories, theyjust mean so much, and the tributes have
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been just fantastic. that's really, really important and we really do appreciate it, so... and i think it's so lovely- for so many people to learn about what he did, because i think actually, quite a lot of things - that have come out will have surprised some people - and how intrinsic he was to every element of society, _ if you look at it. excerpt from holst'sjupiter plays. saturday the 17th of april, at windsor castle, the home he'd shared with queen elizabeth for so many decades. music continues. the scale of the funeral was smaller than it otherwise would have been due to the pandemic, adding to its poignancy. heads bowed and rifles reversed, the military detachments paid tribute to one of their own. the hearse was a modified land rover which the duke had helped to design.
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his coffin was adorned with his personal standard and mounted with his sword and naval cap, and a wreath from the queen. she made her way to st george's chapel in the state bentley, accompanied by a lady in waiting. the duke's children and grandchildren, led by prince charles, walked behind the coffin as it slowly made its way through the castle grounds. the queen paused to watch as the hearse passed. cannon fires. choir sings. inside the chapel, in accordance with covid restrictions, just 30 members of the congregation were present, all of them masked.
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the service began with a tribute from the dean of windsor. we have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith. watching on, close family members and, seated alone, the queen. we remember before thee this day, philip, duke of edinburgh, rendering thanks unto thee for his resolute faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life of service to the nation and commonwealth, and for the courage and inspiration of his leadership. slowly, the duke's coffin was lowered into the royal vault.
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this was a funeral choreographed by prince philip, and in the final moments, buglers sounded the royal navy's call to action stations. bugles play call to action stations. after the service, the queen returned to her private quarters. the rest of the family walked back, prince harry in conversation with his sister—in—law catherine and brother william. after months of public discord, this was a time for a show of unity. the funeral here at windsor castle was a fitting tribute to a man who had given so much to queen and country. she is the head of state, he was the patriarch of the family, and in his final months, it was a family which had publicly fractured. the reason all eyes were on princes william and harry after the funeral service is because it was the first time they had been seen together
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since that interview with the chat show queen oprah winfrey. oh, my god. get this on camera. grunts in frustration. you forgot your boots! oh, my god. the bond between william and harry had always seemed so strong. they'd lost their mother as children, but found comfort in each other. that bond had been broken. harry and his wife meghan had stepped back as working royals in 2020 and moved to california. they bought a multi—million—dollar mansion and signed big—money deals with netflix and spotify. in february, they announced that meghan was expecting their second child. here we are! this is very nice. and a few days later, harryjoined his friend and talk show hostjames corden to talk about why he felt he had to leave the uk. we all know what the british press can be like. and it was destroying my mental health. i was like, "this is toxic!" yeah. so, i did what any husband and what any father would do. it's like, "i need to get my family out of here". but we never walked away.
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back in london, it was meghan who was front—page news. the times had published a leaked e—mail written in late 2018, it said between two senior palace officials, alleging meghan had bullied staff out of theirjobs. she denied the allegations and the palace launched an internal enquiry. whoa! hi! days later, her interview with oprah winfrey was broadcast. tens of millions of people watched as meghan revealed the depth of her unhappiness in the months after her wedding. were you thinking of harming yourself — were you having suicidal thoughts? yes. this was very, very clear. quietly: wow. very clear and very scary. and, you know, i didn't know who to even turn to in that. meghan described how, at this event in january 2019 at the royal albert hall, she was pregnant and tearful,
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having just told harry that she didn't want to be alive any more. she said she'd approached one of the most senior people in the palace for help, but was told nothing could be done. meghan also claimed that prior to archie's birth, a comment had been made to harry by a member of the family concerning the colour of their baby's skin. so, we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born. what?! and you're not going to tell me who had the conversation? i think that would be very damaging to them. harry, too, didn't hold back, stating that he believed his father and brother were trapped in their roles, and he revealed a rift with prince charles. there's a lot to work through there, you know? and i feel really let down because... ..he�*s been through
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something similar. he knows what pain feels like. and this is — and archie's his grandson. but at the same time, you know, of course, i will always love him but there's a lot of hurt that's happened. the day after the interview aired in the uk, this statement was issued on behalf of the queen. at an engagement later that week, a reporter asked william to comment. have you spoken to your brother since the interview? i haven't spoken to him yet, but i will do. and can you just let me know, is the royal family a racist family, sir?
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we're very much not a racist family. despite william's denial, the charge of racism hasn't gone away. and who was the alleged racist? well, that's still the subject of much speculation. since the interview aired, it has been dissected, criticised by some, praised by others. that the queen would've been deeply concerned by it was evident by her statement in response to it. still to come in this look back at the royal year... ..waving goodbye to the queen as the head of state. prince charles looked on as barbados became the world's newest republic. and prince william drew attention to those finding solutions to the climate�*s problems. i'm trying to use my little bit of influence, my little bit of profile to highlight some incredible people doing amazing things. and will genuinely help fix some of these problems.
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it was a difficult start to the year for the queen. but worries over how she would cope following the death of her husband were seemingly put to rest over a sun—drenched june weekend. at the g7 meeting in cornwall, the royals were out in force, promoting brand britain. and taking centre stage, the 95—year—old monarch. she'd clearly lost none of her authority or sense of humour. how's that? aren't you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying it? yes. the following day, the queen was back home for trooping the colour, the military parade which celebrates her official birthday. the day after that, she welcomed president biden and the first lady for tea at the castle. she spent the summer at balmoral in the scottish highlands, and on the 1st of october, it was back to work. planting a tree to highlight the platinumjubilee initiative the queen's green canopy.
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launching the commonwealth games baton relay. celebrating the royal british legion and publicly using a walking stick for the first time. then travelling to cardiff to open parliament, and finally meeting global investment leaders at windsor castle. it was a hectic schedule and seemingly took its toll. the morning after this reception, a trip to northern ireland was cancelled at the last minute. the queen spent one night in hospital and was told to rest on doctor's orders. concerns intensified when a back sprain prevented herfrom attending one of the most significant events in her calendar, the national service of remembrance. your majesty. good morning. 0n the 17th of november, she was well enough to conduct an audience with the outgoing chief of the defence staff. i suppose if you're getting to the end of that job, you know, it is easier to continue.
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going forward, the public may well have to get used to seeing less of the queen physically out and about, but as her virtual address to the climate change conference cop26 illustrated, she doesn't have to be present to make an impact. ladies and gentlemen, the queen. for more than 70 years, i have been lucky to meet and to know many of the world's great leaders. and i have perhaps come to understand a little about what made them special. it has sometimes been observed that what leaders do for their people today is government and politics. but what they do for the people of tomorrow, that is statesmanship. i, for one, hope that this conference will be one of those rare occasions where everyone will have the chance to rise above the politics of the moment and achieve true statesmanship.
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members of the royal family traditionally prefer settling legal disputes out of court. it avoids private details being made public. but this year, both here in london and in new york, lawyers have been busy arguing on behalf of their royal clients. in august, virginia giuffre launched a civil action against prince andrew, the duke of york, alleging he sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions when she was aged 17. then known as virginia roberts, she claims that at the time this photograph was taken, she was being lent out to powerful men, having been sex—trafficked by the disgraced financier jeffrey epstein, the former associate of andrew, who took his own life injail in 2019. ms giuffre's claim states that... the allegations have been strenuously denied by the duke, including in his newsnight
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interview in november, 2019. do you recall any kind of sexual contact with virginia roberts... none. ..then or any other time? none whatsoever. documents submitted by prince andrew's lawyers state... should this case go to trial, it's expected to begin in new york in the second half of 2022. south africa, and in late 2019, just as their royal tour was coming to an end, the duke and duchess of sussex announced that meghan was suing the publishers of the mail on sunday for breach of privacy. the paper had published lengthy extracts of a letter written by meghan to her father, thomas markle. the case didn't go to trial because the judge issued a summary judgement on the basis that...
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the publishers, associated newspapers, appealed and lost. "it was a victory notjust for me," said meghan, "but for anyone who's ever felt scared to stand up for what's right." with the queen largely staying behind windsor castle's walls, prince harry and meghan in california, and prince andrew no longer a working royal, there have been plenty of duties for the remaining senior members of the royal family to take on. in another year in which travel has been curtailed by covid, charles and camilla have been the face of britain abroad, with some spectacular photo opportunities in egypt. and on the banks of the river jordan, visiting the placejesus is said to have been baptised. during the tour, the prince was asked about his mother's health. once you get to 95, you know, it's not quite as easy as it used to be. it's bad enough at 73! in late november, the prince travelled to the caribbean. he arrived as the future king
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of barbados, but by the end of this ceremony, the island nation had become a republic with the queen removed as the head of state. charles used his speech to emphasise enduring friendships and directly acknowledged an uncomfortable shared history. from the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude. # we have all the time in the world... - it has been a high profile year for both duchesses. as well as accompanying their husbands to the usual royal engagements, they've received plaudits for their campaigning efforts on issues they consider important. camilla once again shone a spotlight on violence against women, a subject all too often in the news.
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this country has been appalled and saddened by the loss of women to violence this year. on average, one woman is killed by a man every three days. sarah everard, sabina nessa, wenjing lin, geetika goyal and bennylyn burke are names which, with all the others, must never be forgotten. it was catherine and william's tenth wedding anniversary this year, and to celebrate, they released a stylised video showing the couple and their three children enjoying family time together. throughout 2021, the duchess has continued to push the importance of the first five years in a child's development. and injune launched the royal foundation centre for early childhood. working closely with others, the centre hopes to raise awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future
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life outcomes and what we can do as a society to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society. glasgow, at the climate conference cop26. both charles and william have spoken out on environmental issues this year. prince charles outlined his position to the bbc�*s climate editorjustin rowlatt. the narrative has changed. lots of the things that you said are now mainstream. it's taken far too long. world leaders are gathering in glasgow to talk about the kind of issues you were... yeah, but they just talk. and the problem is to get action on the ground, which is what i've been trying to do for the last a0 years! it's true to say that you've got a pretty hefty carbon footprint. it must take a lot of gas to heat a palace. yes, yes, but i have tried for a very long time to make sure that the heating is done in a way that is as sustainable as possible.
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so, i've got electric cars, like my old aston martin, which i've had for 51 years, runs on, can you believe this, surplus english white wine and whey from the cheese process. prince william challenged the world to come up with solutions to the climate crisis and, at a star—studded awards ceremony, the first five winners of the earthshot prize were given £1 million to expand their ideas. the prince spoke to newscast�*s adam fleming. if we're not careful, we're robbing from our children's future with what we do now. and i think that's not fair. and so i'm trying to use my little bit of influence, my little bit of profile to highlight some incredible people doing amazing things, and will genuinely help fix some of these problems. as well as featuring on newscast, william's earthshot prize translated into a five—part bbc one series and awards night special. but the royalfamily�*s relationship with the media in general this year, and in prince william's case, with the bbc in particular, has been fraught.
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injuly, on what would have been her 60th birthday, diana's sons briefly reunited to unveil a statue of their mother at kensington palace. there were no speeches, but in a joint statement, they said they wished every day she was still with them. a few weeks prior to this, a report into the bbc�*s award—winning 1995 panorama interview with diana had been published. its author, lord dyson, was scathing in his criticism of the reporter martin bashir, who'd been found to have lied in order to secure the interview and the subsequent bbc cover—up. both bashir and the bbc were widely condemned, none more so than by prince william. it is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said. the interview was a major contribution to making my parents�* relationship worse and has since hurt countless others. it brings indescribable sadness to know that the bbc�*s failures contributed significantly
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to herfear, paranoia and isolation that i remember from those final years with her. in november, a documentary by the bbc�*s media editor, amol rajan, billed as examining the relationship between william, harry and the press, provoked further criticism. this time a highly unusualjoint statement from the three royal households was released, expressing their disappointment that the programme had, in their view, given credibility to overblown and unfounded claims. in the aftermath, a carol concert hosted by the duchess of cambridge, which had been expected to be broadcast by the bbc, was instead offered to itv. 2022 will be unique in royal history, as the queen will be the first british monarch to reach their platinum jubilee,
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marking 70 years since her accession in 1952. previous jubilees have brought people together to celebrate. it's hoped injune they will be able to gather once again, as they did here for the diamond jubilee in 2012, to pay tribute to britain's longest—reigning monarch. hello. certainly doesn't feel like the end of december out there. an exceptionally mild day and in fact, the warmest new year's eve on record with temperatures a few degrees above where our previous record stood at 111.8 celsius back in 2011. it's due to a south—westerly wind which is quite blustery at times to the south and west, but after the morning rain across england and wales, a good deal more in the way a brightness around. better chance of seeing some sunshine, some of the best you've seen in over two weeks.
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but across central parts of scotland we've still got cloudy outbreaks of rain, turning lighter and patchy and to the north of it some cooler air but temperatures still above average. to the south we can see highs of around 16 or 17. as we go into this evening we've got that cloud and rain in the west returning with some outbreaks of rain. as we hit the midnight hour, many eastern areas certainly will be dry and look and the temperatures, nine to 13 celsius as we start 2022, a very warm start indeed. there will be some rain through the rest of the night across parts of northern england, scotland for a short while, followed on by some mist and fog patches into new year's morning. but the temperatures as we start the day dropping back a little bit, compared with what we've seen in the nightjust gone but still a very mild day nonetheless. for new year's day, there will be some sunshine around at times if you are getting out, but we will see a band of showers pushing their way eastwards. quite smartly for some of you, very short—lived but they may last that little bit longer
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across southern counties of england into the afternoon. a few showers in western scotland in the afternoon where we will see some of the bloodiest weather through new year's day. but for many, bulk of the day will be dry with some sunshine and still pretty mild, if not exceptionally mild for this stage in january. and then as we go into sunday after another mild start we will see a bright start across eastern areas, showers then develop quite widely, some of those will be heavy and thundery, particularly across the north and the west of the country. temperatures dropping a little bit but still a good few degrees above where we should be for this stage in the year. but things will change into next week, this area of low pressure, which will bring rain as we go into monday, across scotland, northern ireland, as that works its way southwards and eastwards a flood of colder air southwards across the country so we go from above average to below average temperatures for at least a short while. and that plays out on our city and town forecasts for the next week. a big thing to point out is just how much those temperatures will drop relative to today.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... new figures show that covid—related absences in acute nhs trusts in england went up by more than a0 % during christmas week. in his new year's message, borisjohnson has urged people in the uk to take a covid test before celebrating tonight. and they have been ringing in 2022 in new zealand, with a light show in auckland harbour. in other news — firefighters are battling one of the most destructive ever wildfires in the us state of colorado — more than 30,000 people have been forced to evacuate the area. the ymca has been offering shelter to families left homeless. it is hundreds and hundreds of people that have come through and that number is now about 600 homes destroyed in this area. two teenage boys have died
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after being stabbed in separate incidents in london.


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