UK weather forecast – SNOW and 80mph gales hit Britain as Met Office warns of flash floods – The Sun

SNOW and gales of up to 80 mph are hammering the UK as the Met Office warns of flash floods.

The weather forecaster issued four warnings across most of northern England and Scotland as the UK braces itself for a battering before Thursday's election.

Up to 100mm of rain will fall across parts of the Northern England in just nine hours – two thirds of the monthly average –  with the bad weather causing travel chaos.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told Sun Online: "It is going to be pretty windy.

"We would advise people to take care and be aware of windy conditions.

"There will be some disruption to transport."


The highest wind recorded today was 78mph in Capel Curig, Wales as the Met Office warned of flooding to homes and business in Scotland.

And the blustery conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday, with winds hitting up to 55mph in northern Scotland.

The south coast of England and the west coast of Wales could see winds hit as high as 40mph.

And there is a risk of up to 5-10cm of snow in parts of northern England and Wales.

Rain is also expected to drench voters heading to the polls for Thursday's general election.

And winds are also set to hit Brits on polling day, with gusts of 45-50mph in the south west of the country.

It comes after Storm Atiyah pounded Britain when it make landfall this week, with power lines knocked down and trees felled.

Forecasters have also warned that Christmas decorations could become dangerous projectiles in the stormy weather and homeowners should secure ornaments as wind speeds pick up, after Storm Atiyah made landfall earlier this week.

Tuesday's driving winds hit commuters in parts of the UK today with two lorries blown as bad weather swept across Scotland on Tuesday morning.

The HGVs were travelling along the A1 between Innerwick and Skateraw in East Lothian when they toppled over at around 7.45am, leaving the road blocked in both directions.

The Tay Road Bridge was only open to cars and the central walkway was closed because of the high winds and heavy rain, which also hit rail services.

Waves coming over the sea wall at Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, hit railway power lines, causing trains between Kilwinning and Largs and Ardrossan to be cancelled.

Flooding closed the line between Craigendoran and Helensburgh.

A wind warning was also issued for eastern parts until 5pm as well as an ice warning across the Highlands from 10pm on Tuesday to 10am on Wednesday.

The weather caused Edinburgh's Christmas market and rides to remain closed.

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YNW Melly is NOT dead mum confirms as she blasts vicious rumours her son had been stabbed in prison – The Sun

YNW Melly’s mum has confirmed her 20-year-old rapper son is alive and well amid rumours he had been stabbed to death in prison. 

Rumours had been circulating that Melly, a former Bloods gang member had been killed in jail after being ambushed.

This comes after 21-year-old rapper Juice Wrld died on Monday at Chicago airport after suffering cardiac arrest. 

But YNW Melly’s mother Jamie Demons-King has posted a video on Instagram to quash rumours of her son’s murder.

She said: “Melly is fine, I just talked to him this morning. He has not been injured whatsoever, he’s fine.

“He’s in great spirits and he’ll be home soon.”

Melly is currently in prison ahead of a trial where he faces two counts of first-degree murder.

Cops say he killed pals Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas, 19, in South Florida on October 26 last year.

He protests his innocence. 

The rapper, whose real name Jamell Maurice Demons, was born in Gifford, Florida, when his mother was just 14. 

The young muscian shot to fame after uploading his first tracks to SoundCloud at the age of 15.

Since then, he has released a numerous singles and mix-tapes plus his first album, Melly vs. Melvin, which ranked eighth in the US music charts.

He is best known for his tracks "Murder on My Mind" and "Mixed Personalities" featuring Kanye West.



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These Remainers just want Brexit done – and are voting Tory to make it happen – The Sun

FURIOUS Remainers have said that they want to get Brexit done, that they back Boris to deliver it, and that they are ashamed to have voted for Jeremy Corbyn at the last election.

Brits who voted to stay in 2016 told The Sun that the country should "go with the will of the majority at the time", and "carry out what the majority decided."

Just two days to go before voters head to the polls, many of them admitted they had changed their mind on politics – showing that anything could happen in Thursday's historic election.

All of them said they would now vote for Boris Johnson's Conservatives to deliver Brexit.

Speaking outside Parliament this week one voter said: “For many years I voted for Labour, but Corbyn is totally incompetent and frankly dim, so I have absolutely no respect for him."

She was also furious at the Lib Dems, saying: “Ah, the Limp Dims! They’re a joke.

"They’re anti-democratic, illiberal – a complete farce.

I was a marginal Remainer, but I do see that we have to go with the will of the majority at the time, as it was promised to them that their view would be respected

“To want to reverse the democratic vote of 2016 is inconceivable, frankly, and they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Richard, who voted Remain and comes from a family of Labour voters, said he would vote for Boris Johnson to respect the 2016 result.

He said: "I was a marginal Remainer, but I do see that we have to go with the will of the majority at the time, as it was promised to them that their view would be respected, and it hasn’t been.

“I do understand it will provide a challenge for business, but there are opportunities outside as well.

“My mother and family were strong supporters of the Labour Party, and I could be in terms of moderate policies, but not under the Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott trio running it.”

The Tories have promised to deliver Brexit by January 31 if they have a majority in Parliament.

Labour, meanwhile, are promising a three-month renegotiation with the EU followed by a referendum.

The Liberal Democrats have said they want to revoke Article 50 but would also support a second referendum.

Recent polls show that there is limited support for a second vote, even among Remainers.

On Sunday, Deltapoll revealed that 32 per cent of Remain voters from 2016 are unsupportive of a second referendum.

“It’s not what I would have chosen, but I absolutely, fundamentally believe that if that’s what the country wants we actually have to get this done now"

Mary, an accountant, said: “I voted to Remain, but the country voted on Brexit and I think we should get it done.

“It’s not what I would have chosen, but I absolutely, fundamentally believe that if that’s what the country wants we actually have to get this done now, to bring certainty back into the economy and ensure that small businesses especially, because that’s my passion, can continue to thrive and grow.”

A business owner agreed:"I really just want to get the uncertainty over and done with.

"I run a small business, so the uncertainty is crippling."

Most of these Remain switchers are former Labour and Lib Dem voters who are alienated by their party’s Brexit policy.

Deltapoll’s results showed that only 58 per cent of people who voted Labour in 2017 now want a second referendum on EU membership. The same poll said that an even lower number of 2017 Lib Dem voters, 56 per cent, want another referendum.


On a BBC Question Time special, Mr Corbyn said he would take a “neutral stance” in a second referendum, and would refuse to publicly back a side.

According to a YouGov poll last week, a significant proportion of Remain-voting Labour supporters aren’t sure about this policy.

Only 63 per cent of Labour supporters who voted Remain think it’s “a good outcome.”

The Labour leader was attacked by the PM, who called it a "failure of leadership".

I’m ashamed to say in the last election I voted for Corbyn

Sally told The Sun that she was a former Labour voter, and disagreed with Mr Corbyn's position: “With the Conservatives, I’m not really looking beyond Brexit, but I know what the other parties are doing I don’t agree with.

“I voted Lib Dems many, many years ago.

"I’m ashamed to say in the last election I voted for Corbyn.”

These Remainers now think that the only way to deliver Brexit is to vote Conservative.

Earlier this month, YouGov published data which said that 49 per cent of Remain voters in 2016 believe that the Tories will “get Brexit done”.

In an even starker finding, results from Deltapoll show that 32 per cent of Remain voters think a Conservative government led by Boris Johnson “would be best for dealing with the issue of Brexit”.

Three years after the 2016 referendum, it seems as though the British public will finally make it clear that they want Brexit done.

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Couple 'furious' after Coastguard helicopter destroys their garden

Retired Royal Navy engineer and his magistrate wife are ‘furious’ after Coastguard helicopter taking off from hospital destroys their garden

  • Stuart and Cassie Ellins distraught as Coastguard launch wrecked their garden  
  • They feel sick at the thought of the harm that could have come to grandchildren  
  • Face forking out thousands of pounds to repair the damage to their property 

A retired Royal Navy engineer and his magistrate wife are ‘furious’ after an emergency services helicopter blew down their garden wall.

Stuart and Cassie Ellins were left distraught after their back garden was ‘turned upside-down’ by the downdraft of the Coastguard aircraft launching from the nearby helipad.

An investigation has now been launched and other residents on the street – where average house prices are £450,000 – say ‘serious questions need to be answered.’

Mr and Mrs Ellins’ are fearful for their own safety and feel ‘sick’ when they think about what might have happened if one of their grandchildren had been in the garden at the time.

Mr Ellis (pictured standing among the ruins of his garden) is furious that the helicopter’s gusts wrecked his property 

Pictured: The back garden in Portsmouth, where a retired Navy engineer was left shuddering at the thought of what would have happened has grandchildren been in the space at the time

Gusts from the eight-tonne AW189 helicopter’s rotors tore down the 6ft brick pillars and panels of their wall and sent them crashing through their decking.

Now the couple face a bill of thousands of pounds to repair the damage, which also saw a Sky satellite dish dislodged from their roof.

It comes after they were left with £5,000 worth of damage when the same helicopter landed at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire, in 2017.

The hospital helipad sits a mere 65m from the closest residential properties. Mrs Ellins, a magistrate and retired academy principal, said the accident sounded ‘like an explosion’ going off behind their home.

She said: ‘When I saw the damage I felt sick, upset and angry, but I felt relieved because we could’ve been out there.

‘It’s only by good fortune that one of us, one of our grandchildren or one of our dogs haven’t been killed.

‘I’m just worried unless we make a noise about this they will continue to do what they’re doing and someone will end up dead.’

Mr Ellins, 69, a retired Royal Navy marine engineer, said: ‘When I heard the bang I knew exactly what had happened and, having seen it before, shocked is not the word I would use – I’m furious.

Panels of fencing were left strewn across the back garden in Portsmouth, where Mr and Mrs Ellis have been left distraught 

‘Had we been out there we could’ve been knocked off our feet. We could’ve been severely injured or we could’ve been killed.’

The now-defunct facilities manager Carillion commissioned a report into the hospital’s helipad after the destruction wreaked at the Ellins’ home in 2017.

It recommended pilots landing at the hospital alter their approach and take-off paths to avoid downdraft and noise ‘if operationally practical’.

The latest accident has sparked anger among local residents who doubt whether Coastguard pilots are following those instructions.

Retired shipwright and neighbour, Brian Hooper, 72, said he was ‘blown off his feet’ as the helicopter flew ‘really low’ over the quiet residential street.

He said: ‘As the helicopter appeared a great big umbrella from Stuart’s neighbour’s flew over my head and landed in the middle of the road.

‘When I turned round it lifted me off my feet – I would say two to three feet – and threw me down on my hip. It frightened me to death.

‘This thing is massive and it’s coming in over the roofs of all the houses in the area. Serious questions need to be answered.’

A Coast Guard spokesman said: ‘At around 3pm on Thursday, December 5, the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent flew to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, assisting the ambulance service in a patient transfer from the Isle of Wight.

‘HM Coastguard have been made aware that some damage was caused to a property, close to Queen Alexandra Hospital, as the helicopter arrived and landed, and we are looking into this incident.’

The AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter is a twin-engined helicopter with a top speed of 194 miles per hour and a range of more than 500 miles. The £20 million aircraft is commonly used by coastguards around the country


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Rapid rise of trendy east London documented in quirky snaps of tatts, tracksuits and graffiti – The Sun

QUIRKY new images capture the rapid rise of trendy east London – home to some of the city's most vibrant and creative characters.

Street photographer Dougie Wallace's new book 'East Ended' explores the changing face of an area once considered to be London's poorest.

The once gritty, run down neighbourhoods of Brick Lane, Hackney and Dalston have now become world-famous for their individuality and quirky style.

These once working-class areas have been transformed beyond recognition, becoming sought after hotspots tailored for London's trendiest residents.

But with it comes a down side as locals and artists who helped to transform the East End are priced out of the area as it becomes more gentrified.

In his own words, Dougie says of his new collection: "Before it became a recognised art form, street art was called graffiti, a sign of decay that lowered property values.
"Fast forward to the transformation of London's East End and it became cool.

"Seen as 'gritty' and 'edgy', street art generates interest in an area refashioned and made acceptable, it transforms public space as areas become high-priced, trendy and desirable.

"This sense of authenticity speeds up the process of gentrification, but as prices rise, the cost of living forces out both local residents, and the artists who created it in the first place."

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Popular diabetes drug Metformin investigated for possible cancer-causing chemical

A COMMON diabetes drug is being investigated for a possible cancer-causing agent, health bosses have confirmed.

Metformin, which is widely prescribed to treat type-2 diabetes, may contain potentially dangerous levels of the carcinogen N-Nitrosodimethylamine.

Also known as NDMA, presence of the chemical has led to previous recalls of other medications for blood pressure and heartburn, according to authorities.

Health chiefs in Singapore have recalled three metformin products after they were found to contain "trace amounts" of NDMA, which it said “are above the internationally acceptable level”.

The chemical is classified as a probable human carcinogen, but is not thought to cause harm when ingested at very low levels.

'Continue as usual'

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says it is considering whether to take “further action” in the UK.

A spokesperson for the agency said: "Patients in the UK are advised to continue taking their metformin medicines as usual.

"The risks from not having adequate diabetes treatment far outweigh any possible effects of the low levels of NDMA seen in metformin medicines outside the UK.

The risks from not having adequate diabetes treatment far outweigh any possible effects of the low levels of NDMA seen in metformin medicines outside the UK

"As these metformin medicines are also available in Europe and outside the EU, the MHRA is working closely with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other regulatory authorities to determine whether any further action is required and will continue to keep patients updated as more information becomes available.

"The levels of NDMA seen in the affected non-UK metformin medicines are very low and appear to be within or even below the range that people would normally be exposed from other sources, including food and water."

The Sun Online has contacted metformin's manufacturers, British-based pharmaceutical firm Zanza International, for comment.

US probe

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the US also say it's investigating the presence of NDMA in metformin.

Although everyone is exposed to small levels of NDMA through some food and drinks, high exposure to the chemical has been found to lead to cancer, an FDA statement said.

"The FDA is investigating whether metformin in the U.S. market contains NDMA, and whether it is above the acceptable daily intake limit of 96 nanograms", the statement added.

"The agency will also work with companies to test samples of metformin sold in the U.S. and will recommend recalls as appropriate if high levels of NDMA are found.

"If as part of our investigation, metformin drugs are recalled, the FDA will provide timely updates to patients and health care professionals."

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease – accounting for between 85 and 95 per cent of all cases, according to Diabetes UK.

It develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin.

It can also be triggered when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly.

Typically, people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes from the age of 40, but there are some exceptions.

In people from southern Asia the disease can appear as early as 25.

And the condition is becoming more prevalent in children, teenagers of all ethnicities.

Experts suggest the rising rates of type 2 diabetes is due to the obesity epidemic – a key cause of type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes can be treated with drugs, and many people can reverse their condition by adopting a healthy lifestyle – a healthy diet and exercise.

The FDA urged anyone taking the medicine to not stop doing so without first consulting a health care professional.

Janet Woodcock, director of FDA's center for Drug Evaluation and Research said: "These investigations take time.

"We understand that these issues affect patients’ health and well-being in many ways, and the FDA’s goal is to provide patients and health care providers as much clarity and as many answers as possible to inform their health care decisions."

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New Zealand authorities open criminal investigation into volcano deaths

New Zealand authorities have launched a criminal investigation into at least five deaths during Monday’s White Island volcanic eruption, a report said.

The exact scope of the probe will be announced in the coming days, Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said Tuesday, according to The New Zealand Herald.

There were 47 people on the popular tourist island when the volcano erupted at 2:15 p.m. local time on Monday, including 38 passengers on a day trip from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation, the Herald reported.

As of Tuesday evening local time, five people were confirmed dead and eight others were listed as missing and presumed dead.

Police have said there were no further signs of life on the island.

An attempt to detect the safety of the island via drone on Tuesday was stymied by wind, Tims said. He noted another attempt was likely later in the day, pending weather conditions. The island is covered in ash and potentially harmful gases.

“We’re doing everything we possibly can,” Tims said of attempts to recover the bodies.

“We know the importance of recovering the bodies to the families and friends, so we’re working really hard in the space.”

At least nine of the people on the island when the volcano erupted were from the United States.

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Twin girls, 4, clamber out of wreckage from car crash that killed dad and climb up 200ft embankment to call for help – The Sun

TWIN girls freed themselves from a car crash wreckage that killed their dad and climbed up a 200ft embankment to search for help.

The 4-year-old sisters – Rosaline and Aurora – kept repeating "my daddy, my daddy, my daddy" when they were taken to safety in a Good Samaritan's car, The Seattle Times reported.

Before the identical sisters could find help, they had to unbuckle themselves from their booster seats and see how their 47-year-old dad, Corey Simmons, was doing.

According to police, Corey wasn't wearing his seat belt when he crashed the Nissan Sentra into a wooded area in Washington, US, on Friday. He likely died on impact, as he was found to have a head injury.

Washington State Patrol spokeswoman, Trooper Heather Axtman, said the girls were able to climb out of a broken window and make their way up a 200ft embankment in the dark.

It was then a Good Samaritan, who does not wish to be identified, drove passed the two girls – both missing their shoes – and stopped to help them.

She was "at the right spot at the right time," according to Trooper Axtman.

The little girls, who were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, are now being praised for their bravery.

Trooper Axtman told the Times: “It’s one of the truly saddest stories, but so heroic at the exact same time. Had those little girls not had the sense of awareness they showed, we would have a missing family.

“They overcame every typical little kid fear. The woods, and the dark.”

Rosaline and Aurora's mom, Esther Crider, is unsure of how the accident happened and recalled: “Corey drove up and down that road every day for about five years."

Esther remembers her boyfriend Corey as a "caring" father. She told KING5 News the girls are traumatised from the accident.

A GoFundMe created for Corey Simmons has raised more than $9,000 in two days – as the family hopes to raise a total of $18,000.

Donations will help assist with the cost of funeral services and to help Ester, Corey's girlfriend and mother of the twin girls, "during this difficult time," the campaign explained.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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Wisconsin National Guard leader resigns over allegations of mishandling sexual harassment complaints

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MADISON, Wis. – The commander of the Wisconsin National Guard agreed to resign at Gov. Tony Evers' request Monday, following the release of a scathing federal report that found the Guard defied federal law, regulations and policies for years over the handling of soldiers' sexual assault and harassment complaints.

The report from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., found the Guard allowed internal investigations in defiance of federal law as well as Department of Defense and bureau policy; investigators falsely presented themselves as working for the federal bureau; case records were mismanaged; and Guard sexual assault response policies were not in compliance with federal regulations for more than five years.

Evers' office said in a statement that the governor asked the Guard's top leader, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, to resign hours before his administration released the report Monday afternoon. Dunbar agreed to step down on Dec. 31.

Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, the commander of the Wisconsin National Guard, agreed to resign Monday.
(Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Evers appointed Brig. Gen. Gary Ebben — the assistant adjutant general of the Wisconsin Air National Guard — as interim commander and will choose a permanent replacement, his office said. The governor also ordered the Guard to implement all of the report's recommendations by September.

"I am extremely upset and concerned with the … findings," Evers said in a statement. "Our service members deserve to be safe and supported while carrying out their important mission."

Wisconsin National Guard spokesman Joe Trovato referred a request for comment to Evers' office.

Dunbar is the nation's longest-serving state National Guard commander. He was appointed in 2007 by then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. He has earned numerous commendations, including the Legion of Merit award for exceptional command performance. But the Guard has been shaken by recent allegations of officers brushing off sexual assault complaints and retaliating against victims for reporting incidents.

Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin asked the National Guard Bureau in March to review the Wisconsin National Guard's sexual assault reporting and investigative protocols. The bureau spent nearly seven months on the review, meeting with more than 1,600 Guard leaders and members.

Among the key findings:

—The Wisconsin Guard ignored Defense Department polices and procedures by personally directing the Guard to conduct internal administrative investigations in 22 of 35 cases reported between 2009 and 2019. Department regulations call for cases to be referred to local police for criminal investigation and the National Guard Bureau for administrative investigation.

—Internal investigators were poorly trained and their probes lacked oversight, often resulting in incomplete findings and recommendations. They sometimes falsely presented themselves as bureau investigators.

—Victims were told to waive their right to criminal investigations by local police.

—Complaints weren't properly tracked and data was never entered in a Defense Department database as required.

—The Guard was supposed to have 28 victim support advocates to help sexual assault and harassment victims but had only one.

—The Guard's sexual assault policies haven't been updated since 2013 and don't include changes to federal laws and regulations.

—Guard officials reached an agreement with the state Justice Department in October 2018 spelling out that the Guard could refer sexual assault cases to the department. The report referenced an email written by then-Attorney General Brad Schimel's chief of staff saying the agreement was meant to "get the federal National Guard Bureau off the back" of Dunbar.

—Either the victim or the accused perpetrator or sometimes both carried loaded weapons while the investigation was ongoing, leaving open the possibility that one of them could shoot the other in retaliation.

—Guard officials didn't note substantiated sexual offenses in offenders permanent evaluation records.

—Every state's National Guard was ordered to implement a reprisal prevention plan in 2017 to encourage personnel to file complaints without fearing retaliation but Wisconsin officials never implemented one.

Evers on Monday ordered the Guard to implement changes detailed in a corrective action plan submitted by bureau investigators, including updating written policies and communicating all disciplinary actions down to the company level. The bureau will oversee the implementation and conduct another review to ensure every issue has been addressed. The order also calls for the creation of an outside ombudsman who will oversee sexual assault complaints within the Guard.

Baldwin said in a statement that Guard members deserve a work environment free of sexual assault, harassment and fear of retaliation.

"The failure of leadership, wrongdoing, and lack of accountability that has been uncovered demands change at the Wisconsin National Guard, including new leadership and implementing all of the report's recommendations," Baldwin said.

Allegations that Wisconsin Guard officers had been brushing aside sexual assault complaints and retaliating against victims came to light in November 2018 when Master Sgt. Jay Ellis complained to Baldwin about half a dozen incidents within his 115th Fighter Wing security squadron. Ellis wrote in a letter to the senator that his unit considers sexual misconduct "no big deal."

One of the women involved in an incident Ellis cited told The Associated Press that officers sexually assaulted her and a friend during a 2002 party at a training base. She didn't file a formal complaint because she feared reprisal. She did report the assault to her fire team commander, who passed on the report to a senior master sergeant, but the efforts resulted only in the woman being harassed.

Ellis' letter spurred a U.S. Air Force investigation that's still underway.

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican who is running for Congress in 2020, asked Dunbar in February for a complete review of Guard protocols for handling sexual assault complaints. Fitzgerald made the request after meeting with a female soldier who told him she twice informed brigade leaders in 2014 that a master sergeant had been sexually harassing and inappropriately touching her and her colleagues. She said an investigator and rank reduction board found the master sergeant had acted inappropriately but he was allowed to retire with no punishment and was later hired back as a contractor.

Dunbar refused to launch such a probe, instead outlining the protocols in a letter to Fitzgerald and stressing that the Guard has "zero tolerance" for sexual misconduct.

Evers and Baldwin then stepped in and asked the bureau for the review.

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Meghan Markle hires Hollywood publicist for Sussex charity foundation

EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Markle uses break from royal duties to team up with her old Hollywood PR guru on plan for raising ‘tens of millions’ for her and Prince Harry’s charity

  • The Duchess of Sussex has been working with Keleigh Thomas Morgan, a boss at her former Hollywood publicist, during her break from royal duties  
  • Sources tell DailyMailTV that Thomas Morgan has been secretly assisting Meghan on launching her and Harry’s charity and fundraising drive  
  • The PR executive represented Meghan while she was an actress on the TV series Suits and she also attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding last year 
  • The foundation, Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex, is expected to launch in late Spring or early Summer 2020
  • The royal couple established the foundation earlier this year after splitting from their joint charity with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 
  • ‘Meghan may officially be on her royal break, but don’t believe she is taking her foot off the gas,’ a source with knowledge of the project told DailyMailTV
  • The Duchess is focusing on fundraising stateside with the hopes to bring in ‘tens of millions of dollars quickly’

Meghan Markle is using her break from royal duties to work with a boss at her former Hollywood publicist on a strategy to raise ‘tens of millions of dollars’ for the foundation she and her husband are setting up, DailyMailTV can reveal.

The Duchess of Sussex is said to be in ‘full work mode’ behind the scenes during her and Harry’s extended vacation.

DailyMailTV has learned that The Duchess has been working with PR advisor, fellow American and close friend Keleigh Thomas Morgan on building a U.S. strategy for the charity venture, which has the full name Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex.

Sources in Los Angeles say that Thomas Morgan has been secretly assisting Meghan on the charity launch and fundraising drive and helping her plot a strategy for the next 18 months.

The Duchess of Sussex has been working with Keleigh Thomas Morgan (right), a boss at her former Hollywood publicist, during her break from royal duties

Sources tell DailyMailTV that Thomas Morgan has been secretly assisting Meghan on launching her and Harry’s charity and fundraising drive. Meghan pictured meeting young wellwishers during their royal tour of South Africa in September 

Thomas Morgan is a partner and head of West Coast operations for PR giant Sunshine Sachs, where the Duchess was a client before her engagement to Prince Harry. Thomas Morgan is working privately, not through the firm.

The PR executive represented Meghan (pictured in 2012) while she was an actress on the TV series Suits 

While Thomas Morgan is assisting Meghan, it’s understood the royal is very much ‘running things’ and insists on maintaining complete creative control as well as making all executive decisions.

Prince Harry is understood to have handed his wife the reins and his full backing.

‘Meghan may officially be on her royal break, but don’t believe she is taking her foot off the gas,’ a source with knowledge of the project told DailyMailTV.

The source continued: ‘The break and Thanksgiving of course have been a time to balance the needs of her family, but you cannot underestimate what an incredible force Meghan is.

‘Thomas Morgan has been a huge help in turning Meghan’s vision into reality.

‘She is also acting as a great networker, helping build out relationships and business arrangements once Meghan has set up links to her other celebrity supporters and friends.

‘What is most interesting is that Meghan feels that while the charity will be a worldwide venture, she sees Hollywood and American business circles as key to fundraising.

‘Meghan feels that with the wealth in the U.S., focusing on fundraising stateside will bring in tens of millions of dollars quickly.’

Sunshine Sachs – one of the biggest PR agencies in the U.S. – represents many Hollywood A-listers, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson’s family, but also has expertise in managing charity events.

In recent years the firm has overseen the Global Green Oscar gala, The Thirst Gala, The Gracie Awards and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet.

Meghan became close to Thomas Morgan when the PR executive represented her during her time working on TV series Suits and she attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in May 2018.

A U.S. presence for the foundation would be hugely lucrative. However, the Sussexes are yet to file any paperwork establishing the foundation in the U.S. 

The foundation, Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex, is expected to launch in late Spring or early Summer 2020. The Duke and Duchess pictured during their September visit to Cape Town, South Africa 

 Sources tell DailyMailTV that Prince Harry has handed his wife the reins and his full backing in their charity foundation venture 

The Duchess is focusing on fundraising stateside with the hopes to bring in ‘tens of millions of dollars quickly’. The Duchess is pictured last year visiting The Hubb Community Kitchen

The Duchess’ father-in-law, Prince Charles, has long had a fundraising arm based in Washington D.C., the Prince of Wales Foundation (USA). Its chairman, Michael Kaiser, is a former Kennedy Center administrator and it has a full-time professional fundraiser.

The source said Meghan and Harry are determined to build the foundation into one of the biggest philanthropic organizations on the planet.

‘While Harry and Meghan are technically on rest, she is not the type of woman who likes doing nothing; so this break actually could be seen by some as very fortuitous.

‘This is a mission that Meghan has been on for a long time,’ the source said.

Keleigh Thomas Morgan works for Sunshine Sachs – one of the biggest PR agencies in the U.S. – but is working with the Duchess independently 

‘Even in her younger years in Hollywood, she wanted to work towards creating an international charity changing lives.

‘Now that she has the platform and profile of being a British royal she can truly build this plan.

‘She sees this foundation as one of the key factors in creating a legacy as a new royal and Harry is right behind her.’

The source added: ‘She is plowing much of her time and energy into getting every aspect of the charity ready.

‘Meghan is desperate to make it a success and is overseeing everything from basic letters for potential sponsors to being part of negotiations for the fundraisers and launch.

‘And the way that she is working, her view is that the beginning of this life-long mission should be done before the summer.

‘Logistics and practical matters may alter that, but she is raring to go.’

The royal couple has already shown they mean business by appointing two senior British businessmen, Steven Cooper, who worked for London-based bank Barclays and businessman Steven Cooper and coffee entrepreneur Stefan Allesch-Taylor as directors of the foundation.

The foundation is expected to launch in late Spring or early Summer 2020.

In the U.K. Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, have already appointed influential media executive Karen Blackett, chairwoman of media agency MediaCom U.K., as their first trustee, followed by TV presenter and philanthropist Kirsty Young.

The royal couple established the foundation earlier this year after splitting from their joint charity with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – The Royal Foundation.

It followed reports of a rift among the so called ‘Fab Four’, first between Kate and Meghan, then between future king William and his younger brother Harry.

The royal couple established the foundation earlier this year after splitting from their joint charity with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Sussexes will be keen to make the new charity a huge success given the tension with the Cambridges.

Recent U.S. reports claimed that ‘no one’ in the royal family is ‘checking in, texting or speaking to’ Harry and Meghan, at the moment.

In October the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about struggling with royal life and public scrutiny in the explosive ITV program Meghan and Harry: An African Journey, in which Meghan revealed not many people have asked if she’s ‘okay.’

The Sussexes recently announced they wouldn’t be spending Christmas with the Royal Family.

It’s understood the couple celebrated Thanksgiving with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and will be stateside throughout the festive season – although their location remains a mystery.

Despite The Queen giving her grandson her full support, royal sources said the monarch was in the dark about his festive plans until he called her at Buckingham Palace to decline her open invite.

William and Kate have missed Christmas at Sandringham twice since 2012.


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