- CelebrityThe Daily Beast
Chris Jackson/GettyHis grandfather’s funeral isn’t until Saturday, but this is shaping up to be, even by his extravagant standards of non-normalcy, a pretty extraordinary week for Prince Harry.As he sits in splendid isolation in Frogmore Cottage, Harry could be forgiven if his head is spinning.The lavishly restored period property into which he and Meghan moved just 24 months ago, and dreamed of making their home, now houses his cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack and their baby. The tenants are still there, and the owner is holed up in what was once intended as Doria Ragland’s (Meghan Markle’s mom) self-contained apartment, The Daily Beast understands.Prince Harry and Prince William’s Feud Rumbles on as They Issue Dueling Statements on Philip’s Death He is literally just a few miles away from Windsor Castle, but if he has spoken to his father or the queen, no-one is saying so. And this despite the fact that, bizarrely, Her Majesty carried out an official duty Tuesday, overseeing the retirement of one of her senior aides, recorded thus by the official court circular: “The Earl Peel had an audience of The Queen today, delivered up his Wand and Insignia.” (Was Earl Peel was ordered to leave his wand on the desk on the way out?).We do know, courtesy of the Telegraph’s well-briefed correspondent Camilla Tominey, that Harry has spoken to his brother Prince William on the phone since he landed back in the U.K.This hardly seems like a great triumph in the arena of conflict resolution.We already know from Gayle King that other phone calls between Harry and his brother and father have taken place. King said they were regarded as “not productive.”If you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.There is, frankly, no suggestion from royal aides that being in the same time zone has helped mend fences, no sense of joyous white smoke going up from Frogmore or 140 miles north at Anmer Hall, where William and Kate are rather pointedly spending the last days of the Easter holidays with their children, rather than waving at Harry from the garden of Frogmore Cottage like some of us might be inclined to do.Tominey touts Kate as taking on the role of fraternal peacemaker, quoting a source as saying, “Being so close to her own siblings, Pippa and James, and having witnessed first-hand the special bond between William and Harry, [Kate] has found the whole situation difficult and upsetting.”But while hopes of a major reconciliation between Harry and his family are being talked up by commentators, the reality on the ground is that expectations are at rock bottom. Emotions are strained and the wounds inflicted by Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey are still raw. The media may have moved on; the family will never forget what, as they see it, was Harry’s betrayal of them. There are also the unanswered questions over the identity of the royal family member who allegedly questioned the color of the then-unborn Archie’s skin, and who allegedly stopped Meghan being able to access help when she was feeling suicidal.There has been much wishful thinking this week that the death of their grandfather will bring the brothers together. Physically, of course, it will. They will walk side by side behind Philip’s coffin, recreating the tragic cortege they formed behind their mother’s coffin in 1997.This was, coincidentally, at Philip’s urging. The brothers were said to be reluctant to walk behind their mother’s coffin at her funeral but Philip took charge telling them, “I’ll walk if you walk.” Harry said years later that he was grateful for his grandfather’s guidance.But piecing together the tatters of Harry’s relationship with the royal family will be no easy task. Many of the 29 other royals attending the funeral on Saturday will feel the same way as one friend of the family who, The Daily Beast reported, said this week: “Philip was already seriously ill when the interview screened. He was 99, so the fact that he has died is of course very sad, but hardly surprising. His death may put things into perspective, but I’m not sure it really changes anything.”The logistical constraints imposed by the pandemic are unlikely to help; if they are remotely like any other family, one imagines the brothers need to have a frank, face to face discussion at a certain level of decibels to clear the air. But having arrived back in the U.K. on Sunday afternoon, Harry is not likely to be allowed to exit quarantine until the day of the funeral. Harry’s people have made it clear he will be following Covid quarantine rules to the letter.If Harry doesn’t already feel like he has gone through the looking glass, the curious apparent rehabilitation of Prince Andrew should do it.The first sign of this development came when Andrew, who has failed to make himself available to the American authorities for questioning over his links to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, winkled his way back on to TV screens at the weekend.He told a camera outside church that his mother was feeling a “huge void” in her life; it still hasn’t been established if his intervention was authorized. It seems hard to believe even Andrew would be stupid enough to do something like that if it wasn’t, as some briefing has suggested.Dan Wootton, the journalist who broke the news that Harry and Meghan were leaving the U.K., reported in the Daily Mail that sources had told him: “Prince Andrew might hope that this sad situation changes things, but Prince Charles is adamant there is no way back while allegations hang over him. He spoke on camera in a private capacity because this is a family event. No one can stop him doing that.”Neither the palace nor an advisory firm retained by Prince Andrew responded to inquiries from The Daily Beast on that question.Until today it looked as if Andrew was set to be allowed to wear military uniform to the funeral, the only question being whether he would be in the garb of a three-star vice admiral (his current rank, which was never removed from him when he was fired from the family as a working royal), or actually be promoted by his mother to a four star admiral, an elevation that was due to take place last year but was put on hold. The Daily Mail reported that he was lobbying hard to be awarded his overdue promotion.Harry is the only male member of the family not technically serving, so was thought to be the only male royal attending the funeral not in military uniform. There is nothing more integral to the royal family’s sense of its own legitimacy than its military associations, and Harry’s happiest days were spent in the army. Harry was forced to give up his captaincy of the Royal Marines along with all other military associations when he stepped back from life as a working royal, a defenestration that he has made clear he considers utterly unfair.According to The Sun on Wednesday, to spare Harry's blushes—and lots of embarrassing questions about Andrew—the queen has stipulated that no royals should wear military uniform at Philip’s funeral. A military source told The Sun: “It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem.” Another source confirmed that “current thinking is no uniforms.”Buckingham Palace and the Sussexes declined to comment to The Daily Beast for this article.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- CelebrityThe Telegraph
Until now it had remained a cherished family photograph, unseen by the rest of the world. Showing the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren at Balmoral Castle, the precious image had been kept under wraps. But Prince Philip's death at the age of 99 on Friday has prompted the 94-year-old monarch to open the treasured royal family album in memory of a beloved patriarch. The image, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2018, shows the Queen holding baby Prince Louis in her arms as she sits between his brother Prince George, now seven, and sister Princess Charlotte, five. Peter Phillips' daughter Savannah, 10, their eldest great-grandchild, stands behind the couple as her younger sister Isla, nine, cradles their cousin Lena, the two-year-old daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall, whose eldest Mia, seven, flanks them and seemingly stifles a giggle. Speaking a thousand words about the Queen and the Duke's close bond with the youngest members of the House of Windsor, the image captures the relaxed mood as the children visited Great Granny and Grandpa in Scotland that summer. It was taken almost a year before the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' son Archie, their eighth great-grandchild, was born. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also issued their own separate photograph, taken three years earlier at Balmoral, showing the Queen and the Duke posing with an infant George and baby Charlotte.
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A Westside Outlaws street gang member from North Battleford was handed a 720-day prison sentence for her part in two separate incidents. Tonia Cantel, 22, pleaded guilty to three charges on April 13 in Meadow Lake Provincial Court. “Quite frankly Ms. Cantel your behaviour was disgusting and I don’t mind being that blunt,” said Judge M. Segu before sentencing Cantel. “What the three of you did was indefensible, and, but for the joint submission that is being put before the court, I would have zero hesitation imposing a longer sentence. Do you understand me? This behaviour is just atrocious.” Cantel’s defence Laura Nischuk and Crown Prosecutor William Lewison, entered a joint-submission to the court. Cantel pleaded guilty to stealing a Honda Civic and being an occupant of the Honda knowing there was a firearm in the vehicle in an incident stemming from Nov. 20, 2020, where five Westside Outlaws street gang members took RCMP on a 150-km, two-hour chase. She also pleaded guilty to stealing a Ford SUV and using violence in an incident in Big Island Lake on Nov. 1, 2020. The Crown stayed the remaining charges against her. Nov. 20 incident The Crown told the court that at about 3 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2020, the Maidstone RCMP were called to a report of a stolen vehicle in Lashburn. The owner had left his vehicle running and unlocked at the Esso while he ran inside. When he came out he saw his vehicle being driven away by three to four people all dressed in red. RCMP located the Honda on Highway 16 and attempted a traffic stop but the car was travelling at a very high rate of speed and police decided not to pursue for public safety concerns. Saskatchewan RCMP Highway Patrol spotted it next and didn’t pursue either because of the high rate of speed the vehicle was travelling. They lost sight of the vehicle. Shortly after, a school bus driver called RCMP to say he found a sawed-off shotgun on a road. RCMP spotted the Honda, still travelling at a high rate of speed, near Paradise Hill. They notified the Turtleford RCMP Detachment, who set up spike belts on Township Road 540. The Honda ran over the spike belt and kept driving for a short distance before coming to a stop. Lewison said that a young offender exited from the driver’s side, Tonia Cantel, Kyle Lajimodiere, Juanita Wahpistikwan, and another young offender exited from the passenger side. “All five individuals were wearing red and are known by the RCMP to be members of the Westside Outlaws Street gang,” said Lewison, adding, “red is the colour associated with Westside.” All five were taken into custody without incident. In the trunk, police found ammunition and a sawed-off .22, which had its serial number partially scratched off. Nov. 1 incident The Crown told the court that on Nov. 1, 2020, at around 4:45 a.m., several people were partying at a house on Big Island Lake. Tonia Cantel and Memory Sandfly got into an argument with Raquel Sundown. Sundown and three other people left and got into her vehicle, which was parked outside. That’s when Cantel, Sandfly and a young offender – all members of Westside Outlaws street gang – came out of the house and approached the vehicle. Sandfly and Cantel told Sundown not to leave and opened the driver’s door of the vehicle before pulling out Sundown. They threw her to the ground and the young offender pushed against the passenger door so those inside the vehicle couldn’t get out and help Sundown. Cantel and Sandfly started kicking and stomping on Sundown’s arm and shoulder. Cantel got into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and started to drive the vehicle and ran over Sundown’s leg as she lay on the ground. Lewison said Cantel didn’t intend to run over Sundown but that was the consequence of her actions when she tried driving away. Cantel drove about half a block when one of Sundown’s passengers, still in the back seat, reached around and grabbed Cantel by the neck. This forced Cantel to stop the vehicle. Another person with Sundown was able to run to the vehicle, open the door and pull Cantel out of the vehicle. Cantel, the young offender and Memory Sandfly fled the scene. Sundown was taken to the hospital with a broken collar and shinbone. Aggravating factors Crown Prosecutor Lewison said Cantel has 20 prior convictions. “There’s a number of extreme offences for violence on her record,” he said. Lewison said Sundown’s injuries are an aggravating factor. In the incident where the vehicle was stolen from Lashburn, Lewison said an aggravating factor was Cantel’s association with the Westside Outlaws street gang. Mitigating factors Nischuk told the court there are a number of Gladue factors for the court to consider when sentencing Cantel. Cantel’s mother and grandmother both attended residential school. Her father raised Cantel until she was six-years-old, at which time he died. She then went to live with her grandmother for two years until her grandmother died. Cantel didn’t have a relationship with her mother, who suffered from addiction, so Cantel was put into foster care at age eight. “She was in four different homes and experienced physical and sexual abuse in those homes,” said Nischuk, adding Cantel often ran away. Cantel has drug addiction issues and is willing to consider treatment if offered. Nischuk acknowledged that being a member of Westside Outlaws is an aggravating factor but said Cantel wants to leave the gang. “It’s not something she wants to continue. She recognizes that association is what is getting her into these situations. She has insight that having these negative peer associations is not helping her and it is putting her in these situations. “She is very motivated to join STR8UP,” said Nischuk. STR8UP is a non-profit group that helps gang members leave the lifestyle. “She is here before the court taking responsibility for what she can,” said Nischuk. Sentencing Judge M. Segu asked Cantel if she had anything to say before he sentenced her. Cantel, who appeared by CCTV from Pinegrove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert, remained silent. “All right, then let me say something to you,” said Judge Segu. “This is the victim impact statement from Raquel Sundown whose leg you ran over. ‘I became depressed because I wasn’t able to do everyday tasks, or anything. I was angry and sad so I often pushed away loved ones; angry because the pain was unbearable sometimes and sad because I felt like a waste of space. You left me with a fractured tibia and a broken shoulder blade, which was painful and uncomfortable to do anything involving the right side of my body. I stayed in the hospital for five days. The third day I had surgery done on my leg. I was prescribed (numerous narcotics for pain). I have monthly check-ups to see if my leg is working.’ “What do you have to say about that Ms. Cantel?” asked Judge Segu. Cantel spoke a few words, which were inaudible. Judge Segu then told Cantel, “Well I don’t know if you ever had your leg run over, I haven’t but I can imagine it must be excruciatingly painful; all in the context of a group attack on a defenseless person. And then compounding it you attempt to steal her vehicle.” Cantel was sentenced to 720 days in prison. With time served, she has 507 days left to serve. Judge Segu banned Cantel from owning weapons for 10 years and ordered her to provide a DNA sample for the national DNA data bank. firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist