London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

The Queen and Prince William are visiting a relief centre helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Their visit to the Westway Sports Centre comes after police say some of those killed in the fire at the west London flats may never be identified. The BBC understands that at present there could be as many as 76 people missing as a result of the blaze. Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure…

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Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health

Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health

The British “stiff upper lip” should not be allowed to endanger mental health, the Duke of Cambridge has said. He said he wanted his children to grow up able to express their feelings. Prince William has also teamed up with pop star Lady Gaga – in a video call they spoke about the importance of people talking about their struggles. It comes after Prince Harry revealed he sought help after nearly 20 years “not thinking”…

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Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty dies aged 89

Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty dies aged 89

US author and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, best known for writing The Exorcist, has died at the age of 89. William Friedkin, who directed the film adaptation of Blatty’s novel, broke the news of his death on Twitter. “William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday,” he wrote. The Exorcist was published as a novel in 1971, with the hugely successful big screen adaptation – also written by Blatty…

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M*A*S*H star William Christopher dies

M*A*S*H star William Christopher dies

William Christopher, who played kind-hearted priest Father Mulcahy in the TV series M*A*S*H, has died at 84. The actor, who was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, died at home in Pasadena, California, on Saturday. He appeared in all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H, a bittersweet comedy about the life of a US medical unit during the 1950-53 Korean War. The show ran from 1972-1983. Its finale drew 106 million viewers, a record at the time….

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William Trevor, novelist and short story writer, dies aged 88

William Trevor, novelist and short story writer, dies aged 88

William Trevor, the Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer, has died at the age of 88, his publisher has announced. Penguin Random House Ireland tweeted: “We regret to announce the death of William Trevor, one of Ireland’s greatest writers.” It added: “We extend our deepest condolences to his family.” The writer won the Whitbread Prize in 1994 and has been shortlisted four times for the Man Booker Prize. Writer Joyce Carol Oates led the…

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