Sarah Ferguson humiliation: Duchess blamed for 'biggest Royal Family cock-up in history'

Sarah Ferguson was left “absolutely humiliated” after she was turned into a scapegoat for the “biggest Royal Family cock-up in history”. The Duchess of York was held responsible after taking part in ‘It’s a Royal Knockout,’ a TV stunt that was later described as a “royal disaster”. The embarrassing incident was discussed on Channel 5’s documentary Fergie Vs Diana: Royal Wives At War.

The bizarre stunt was organised by Prince Edward, and also featured the Princess Royal and the Duke of York.

It was a one-off charity event, also known as the Grand Knockout Tournament, which took place on 15 June 1987.

Sarah Ferguson chose to take part in the TV game show after losing favour with members of the royal family and the public.

Documentary narrator Glynis Barber explained: “The national Fergie mania was beginning to wear off inside and outside the royal family.”

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Jennie Bond, journalist and royal expert, said: “It didn’t take long before the honeymoon was wearing off and people rather tired of that exuberance that they once loved.

“It began to grate and soon she was getting and receiving some very unflattering headlines in the press.”

Barber added: “In an effort to win back public support, Fergie took part in a TV game show, organised by Prince Edward.”

Bond said: “It will go down in royal history as one of the biggest cock-ups of all-time I think.

The royal commentators noted that this was around the time “when Diana came into her own” and earned the nickname the People’s Princess.

Reportedly the Queen had disapproved of the TV show and all of her courtiers had advised against it.

Ben Pimlott’s 1996 biography, The Queen, revealed that one of the monarch’s close friends said: “It was a terrible mistake. The Queen was against it.

“But one of her faults is that she can’t say no.”

Another insider source told Pimlott: “There was not a single courtier who did not think it was a mistake.”

The Channel 5 documentary discussed how then tumultuous relationship between Diana and Sarah, who were distantly related before joining the Royal Family.

The pair had known each other since they were 14 years old. 



Melania Trump humiliation: First Lady's statue replaced after horrific arson attack

On the Fourth of July, a statue of the First Lady in Slovenia was torched by protesters amid the Black Lives Matter movement. Several other statues of historical figures in the US were destroyed or vandalised.

The original and newly designed statues were created as part of a collaboration between Kentucky artist Brad Downey and local craftsman Ales ‘Maxi’ Zupevc.

Made of wood, the first statue was cut from the trunk of a linden tree and portrayed the First Lady in a blue dress similar to the one she wore during her husband’s presidential inauguration.

Unveiling the new bronze statue yesterday, Slovenian artist Marko Vivoda said: “We are here today because we put up again a statue of Melania to the place where it was burnt and to commemorate the statue that was set of fire.”

The new statue was placed on the same stump as the old one and is modelled off the previous design.

Back in July, Mr Downey said the statue would be made “as solid as possible out of a durable material which cannot be wantonly destroyed”.

Mr Downey claimed the arson attack was “conceptualised as criticism” over Donald Trump’s politics.

Mr Zupevc – who claims to have been born in the same hospital as Melania – carved the statue with a chainsaw and sanded it with a power tool, according to the Guardian.

He said: “I plugged in my angle grinder. I worked and made mistakes. Finished the hair, the eyes and all.

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When she started modelling she changed her name to Melania Knauss and settled in New York in 1996.

She met Donald Trump two years after and they married in 2005 and share one child, Barron Trump.

In January, a wooden statue of President Trump, which was designed by a local artist in 2019, was burnt in Slovenia’s city of Moravce.

With his fist clenched and raised high like the Statue of Liberty, the 26-foot high construction showed Mr Trump with his trademark hairstyle, blue suit and white shirt with a red tie.

Unveiling the piece, Tomaz Schlegl, the statues creator said: “Like all populists, the statue has two faces.

“One is humane and nice, the other is that of a vampire.”



Donald Trump humiliation as ex-wife SAVAGED for US immigration comments – ‘Utter trash’

Ivana Trump is a legal immigrant to the US and married Mr Trump in 1977, before later divorcing in 1990. During an interview on Loose Women, Ms Trump said US immigrants do not dress “Americanly” once they have arrived in the country.

She also said she was “very proud” of her former partner for “all he has achieved with immigration”.

She urged that all immigrants to America should “enter legally”.

Ms Trump spoke about her own emigration to the US during the interview.

She insisted she “has no problem with immigrants” if they enter America legally, pay taxes and “be a part of society”.

Another user said: “Ivana Trump – as vile and racist as her ex husband.

“Couldn’t watch her anymore sorry @loosewomen had to switch off.”

While one social media user reacted: “I cannot believe the utter trash that #IvanaTrump is spouting on #loosewomen. Why give this woman airtime?!”

Ms Trump was asked if she felt her thoughts on immigrants could be viewed as inhumane.

She responded: “It is inhumane, but everybody has to pick themselves up.

“They have to properly, apply for the visa so they can come to America and cross the border properly and get a job, have a house, start a family.”

Loose Women host, Jane Moore, asked: “But those opportunities are very few and far between nowadays aren’t they?”

Ms Trump said: “They are, but the people who will prevail, the people who want to work will prevail.

“The people who want to get food stamps and sleep on the benches, this is what we don’t want.”

Ms Trump also said that she can speak to President Trump “any time” as they are “very good friends”.



Donald Trump humiliation as ex-wife SAVAGED for US immigration comments – ‘Utter trash’

Ivana Trump is a legal immigrant to the US and married Mr Trump in 1977, before later divorcing in 1990. During an interview on Loose Women, Ms Trump said US immigrants do not dress “Americanly” once they have arrived in the country.

She also said she was “very proud” of her former partner for “all he has achieved with immigration”.

She urged that all immigrants to America should “enter legally”.

Ms Trump spoke about her own emigration to the US during the interview.

She insisted she “has no problem with immigrants” if they enter America legally, pay taxes and “be a part of society”.

Another user said: “Ivana Trump – as vile and racist as her ex husband.

“Couldn’t watch her anymore sorry @loosewomen had to switch off.”

While one social media user reacted: “I cannot believe the utter trash that #IvanaTrump is spouting on #loosewomen. Why give this woman airtime?!”

Ms Trump was asked if she felt her thoughts on immigrants could be viewed as inhumane.

She responded: “It is inhumane, but everybody has to pick themselves up.

“They have to properly, apply for the visa so they can come to America and cross the border properly and get a job, have a house, start a family.”

Loose Women host, Jane Moore, asked: “But those opportunities are very few and far between nowadays aren’t they?”

Ms Trump said: “They are, but the people who will prevail, the people who want to work will prevail.

“The people who want to get food stamps and sleep on the benches, this is what we don’t want.”

Ms Trump also said that she can speak to President Trump “any time” as they are “very good friends”.



Monty Don humiliation: Gardener's awkward 'I love you' message laid bare

The veteran broadcaster shocked fans earlier this week after revealing his near three decade home transformation. Taking to Instagram, Monty snapped the 27-year difference tirelessly working on his garden had made. Great trees, once young saplings, soared into the sky, surrounded by mint-green neatly trimmed hedges.

He told followers how “amazed” he was to think that almost 30 years ago the trees were small enough to fit in the palm of his hand.

The BBC Gardeners’ World star is known for his commitment to the world of horticulture.

He’s presented the show since 2003, his career having spanned a lengthy 17 years.

Monty’s also familiar with the art of self-deprecation often making himself the butt of the joke.

This was especially true when in 2018 he revealed to The Guardian his most embarrassing moment.

It came while dealing with a client whose garden he had helped tame.

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The broadcaster has aimed as much criticism as humour at himself.

In a separate 2009 interview with the publication, he revealed how his “yes man” attitude had often negatively impacted his life.

This, he said, was especially true of his relationships with his wife, Sarah, and his children.

He explained: “Ask Sarah what the worst thing is about living with me and she would probably say that I always put work above everything else, to the detriment of my children, my wife, my health, my life.

“And what I am really bad at is saying no.”

He has also described himself as a “bully”, “egocentric”, and “impulsive”, traits which have resulted in dark periods of his life.

His self-proclaimed impulsivity was especially true during the late Eighties, early Nineties, when he and Sarah uprooted their comfy London lives for the countryside.

It wasn’t all as easy as simply moving away.

The couple had a jewellery business in Knightsbridge which soon fell apart.

A loan to buy a farm and subsequent crash of the business left Monty and his family in severe debt.

For two years their unemployment was deep rooted.

At the end of a jobless season, Monty struck gold and managed a slot on a TV gardening segment in the early Nineties.



Trump humiliation: Awkward coronavirus promise made by POTUS at North Carolina rally

The private firm is developing the vaccine in collaboration with Oxford University in the UK, with analysts considering it a leading project in the race to release a safe jab. However, just hours ago the firm announced its trials had been paused because a human test subject had suffered a reaction to the drug.

Mr Trump appeared to either ignore the news or be unaware of it altogether while delivering a speech at a rally in North Carolina.

The president said: “Under operation Warp Speed we’re producing a vaccine in record time. This is a vaccine that we’re going to have very soon – by the end of the year, but much sooner than that, perhaps.”

“We have upped it to a level that nobody even believes is possible – and totally safe.”

AstraZeneca has not provided any details into the illness it reported in one of its participants.

However, medical news site Statnews claims the volunteer in question is expected to recover.

AstraZeneca said its halt of the trials is “routine” while it investigates the illness caused.

The firm said in a statement: “In large trails illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully.

“We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimise any potential impact on the trial timeline.”

The effect the pause may have on the development of a vaccine is not yet clear – other firms are involved in the race to develop one.

Elsewhere in the rally, Mr Trump also accused Joe Biden and Kamala Harris of having an “anti-vaccine rhetoric” and of spreading vaccine “conspiracy theories”.



Trump humiliation: Awkward coronavirus promise made by POTUS at North Carolina rally

The private firm is developing the vaccine in collaboration with Oxford University in the UK, with analysts considering it a leading project in the race to release a safe jab. However, just hours ago the firm announced its trials had been paused because a human test subject had suffered a reaction to the drug.

Mr Trump appeared to either ignore the news or be unaware of it altogether while delivering a speech at a rally in North Carolina.

The president said: “Under operation Warp Speed we’re producing a vaccine in record time. This is a vaccine that we’re going to have very soon – by the end of the year, but much sooner than that, perhaps.”

“We have upped it to a level that nobody even believes is possible – and totally safe.”

He also accused Joe Biden and Kamala Harris of having an “anti-vaccine rhetoric” and of spreading vaccine “conspiracy theories”.

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Ireland SNUBBED: Brussels punishes Dublin after EU trade humiliation

The Commission President appointed Mairead McGuinness, a former television presenter, as the next Irish commissioner. Dublin was dealt a harsh blow by Mrs von der Leyen, who handed the role of the EU’s chief trade negotiator to another eurocrat. Ireland has been without a commissioner since Phil Hogan resigned from the post late last month.

Mr Hogan quit the £240,000-a-year role after becoming embroiled in a scandal over his failure to follow coronavirus health measures during a summer break to his home country.

Fine Gael MEP Ms McGuinness will take charge of the bloc’s financial services portfolio.



EU humiliation: Brutal reality of Canada deal without UK exposed by Brexiteers

Facts4EU claims Canada’s trade deficit since signing its joint pact in 2016 with Brussels has worsened by 27 percent, to around -€17.5billion (-£16bn), while the deal will be severely hampered when the UK is finally removed from the bloc. When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the trade deficit was at -€13billion (-£11.6bn), Facts4EU say. The organisation say the deal with the EU will become “a whole lot less” as Canada sold 43 percent of its goods to the UK, and that when Brexit is concluded it will not enjoy such high levels of trade.

They add that Canada’s deficit in services had also not improved, since CETA was approved.

Negotiations surrounding CETA were originally concluded in August 2014, two years before the UK’s referendum on its future within the EU.

The agreement is still ongoing and removes 98 percent of the preexisting tariffs between the bloc and Canada.

Commenting on its findings, Facts4EU said: “It would seem logical to try to do trade deals with the world’s largest economies, and to make these the key priorities.

“After all, if you compare just one deal with a country like the US with a country like Canada, a US deal would be worth ten times what the Canadian deal is worth.

“Unfortunately after more than 60 years of existence, the EEC/EU hasn’t managed to do a trade deal with the biggest and most powerful economy in the world.”

It added: “Instead of working hard and in good faith to negotiate a new trading arrangement with the UK, the EU has placed every conceivable obstacle (and quite a few inconceivable ones) in the way of achieving a successful outcome.

“This started in 2016 when it refused to have any discussions with the UK – not even informal ones. In the intervening years the number of artificial obstructions it has thrown up has been legion.”

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If no agreement is struck, the UK will effectively exit Brussels’ customs union and single market and trade on World Trade Organisation terms.

Speaking during his regular press conference previously, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said: “Too often this week it felt as if we were going backwards more than forwards.

“Today, at this stage, an agreement between the EU and UK seems unlikely. I simply do not understand why we are wasting valuable time.”

The next round of negotiations will begin in London on tomorrow (September 7).



EU humiliation: Brutal reality of Canada deal without UK exposed by Brexiteers

Facts4EU claims Canada’s trade deficit since signing its joint pact in 2016 with Brussels has worsened by 27 percent, to around -€17.5billion (-£16bn), while the deal will be severely hampered when the UK is finally removed from the bloc. When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the trade deficit was at -€13billion (-£11.6bn), Facts4EU say. The organisation say the deal with the EU will become “a whole lot less” as Canada sold 43 percent of its goods to the UK, and that when Brexit is concluded it will not enjoy such high levels of trade.

They add that Canada’s deficit in services had also not improved, since CETA was approved.

Negotiations surrounding CETA were originally concluded in August 2014, two years before the UK’s referendum on its future within the EU.

The agreement is still ongoing and removes 98 percent of the preexisting tariffs between the bloc and Canada.

Commenting on its findings, Facts4EU said: “It would seem logical to try to do trade deals with the world’s largest economies, and to make these the key priorities.

“After all, if you compare just one deal with a country like the US with a country like Canada, a US deal would be worth ten times what the Canadian deal is worth.

“Unfortunately after more than 60 years of existence, the EEC/EU hasn’t managed to do a trade deal with the biggest and most powerful economy in the world.”

It added: “Instead of working hard and in good faith to negotiate a new trading arrangement with the UK, the EU has placed every conceivable obstacle (and quite a few inconceivable ones) in the way of achieving a successful outcome.

“This started in 2016 when it refused to have any discussions with the UK – not even informal ones. In the intervening years the number of artificial obstructions it has thrown up has been legion.”

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If no agreement is struck, the UK will effectively exit Brussels’ customs union and single market and trade on World Trade Organisation terms.

Speaking during his regular press conference previously, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said: “Too often this week it felt as if we were going backwards more than forwards.

“Today, at this stage, an agreement between the EU and UK seems unlikely. I simply do not understand why we are wasting valuable time.”

The next round of negotiations will begin in London on tomorrow (September 7).