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'I went to Princess Diana's funeral because I felt Martin Bashir and I had a part in her death': Graphic designer who was duped into faking bank statements that landed historic scoop reveals his haunting guilt

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The whistleblower whose explosive revelations triggered the Martin Bashir scandal believes the BBC journalist’s historic interview with Princess Diana helped set her on a fateful path culminating in her death. Graphic designer Matt Wiessler unwittingly helped Bashir gain access to the Princess by allegedly duping her ‘gatekeeper’, brother Earl Spencer, with phoney bank statements. Last night, Mr Wiessler told The Mail on Sunday: ‘When Diana died I sort of felt I was personally involved. I felt this thing with Martin – how he got the interview – started her decline and I was part of that first bit, and felt somehow there was a connection. Graphic designer Matt Wiessler (pictured  last week) unwittingly helped Bashir gain access to the Princess by allegedly duping her ‘gatekeeper’, brother Earl Spencer, with phoney bank statements Princess Diana's Panorama Interview and discussion about her marriage to Prince Charles with Martin Bashir that was broadcast in November 1995 ‘I know a lo

Australians desperate to escape new coronavirus lockdowns in Europe are unable to fly back home - as Scott Morrison promises citizens will be allowed in before foreign students

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Australians desperate to get home from coronavirus-riddled European countries are struggling to find flights - as the Morrison government indicates it aims to create more airport capacity in the run-up to Christmas. Airlines have estimated nearly 100,000 Australians are stranded overseas during the pandemic - with 34,000 citizens already having registered their intent to fly home with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Demand for flights has continued to outstrip supply despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison lifting the cap on international arrivals from 4,000 to 6,000 a week. Australians are increasingly looking at making their way home after most European countries including the UK, France, Italy and Spain were hit with a significant spike in new COVID-19 infections in October - prompting new severe lockdowns across the continent.  Education Minister Dan Tehan said on Sunday the government was looking at allowing in more citizens and then international students in the comin

Former New Zealand PM who is investigating China's response to the Covid outbreak is in row over her links to Meghan Markle's TV anchor friend

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The woman appointed by the World Health Organisation to investigate China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is facing calls to resign over her close ties to Beijing. Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will co-chair the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, which will examine accusations that China failed to alert the world to the looming Covid-19 catastrophe. But human rights groups fear that Ms Clark’s links to China – in particular her friendship with TV anchor James Chau, a friend of the Duchess of Sussex – could ‘seriously undermine’ the panel’s credibility. Mr Chau’s role as a WHO ambassador is being probed after he was accused of spouting Beijing propaganda. Human rights groups fear that Ms Clark’s links to China – in particular her friendship with TV anchor James Chau, a friend of the Duchess of Sussex (pictured together) – could ‘seriously undermine’ the panel’s credibility Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will co-chair the Inde

Dominic Cummings' friends say the 'mad Queen will destroy the court' while friends of Carrie Symonds say 'all this vitriol is rank misogyny' in extraordinary row over influence of the PM's fiancée

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Boris Johnson’s ousted aides have privately predicted the ‘beginning of the end’ for the Prime Minister following the extraordinary row which broke out over the influence of Carrie Symonds. Friends of Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain, the Vote Leave duo who were forced to resign last week after losing a power struggle with the Prime Minister’s fiancee, say that they have questioned Mr Johnson’s ability – and desire – to stay in No 10. One said: ‘You can smell it. It’s the end of days. It’s a story as old as time. The Mad Queen destroys the court.’ Friends of Dominic Cummings (pictured leaving No10 on Friday) and Lee Cain, the Vote Leave duo who were forced to resign last week after losing a power struggle with the Prime Minister’s fiancee, say that they have questioned Mr Johnson’s ability – and desire – to stay in No 10 Another senior figure in the Vote Leave camp added: ‘The feeling is that Rishi’s time is drawing close’ – a reference to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s thinly veiled leadersh

Is the net closing in on the 'Chatty Rat' behind the Covid-19 leak? Officials are '90 per cent sure' one of Michael Gove's team tipped off newspapers that Boris Johnson was going to order a new lockdown, claims senior source

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Advisers working for Michael Gove are at the centre of the investigation into the ‘Chatty Rat’ whose Cabinet leak forced the Prime Minister to make an early announcement of the new lockdown. A senior Government source has claimed to The Mail on Sunday that officials on the leak inquiry were ‘90 per cent sure’ one of Mr Gove’s team tipped off newspapers that Boris was going to order a new lockdown – before he had made the final decision to do so. It led to a scramble to arrange a special Saturday press conference to make the announcement, which was backed by Mr Gove as a pro-lockdown ‘dove’. A senior Government source has claimed to The Mail on Sunday that officials on the leak inquiry were ‘90 per cent sure’ one of Mr Gove’s team tipped off newspapers that Boris was going to order a new lockdown However, last night a Cabinet Office source denied ‘any one person’ has been ‘singled out’ and cautioned that ‘concrete conclusions might prove to be elusive’. The source – who said the invest

Now for the GOOD news! Random acts of kindness bloom in Britain as bouquets are left in public places to be picked up by passing strangers in emerging trend

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It is Flower Power – but with a bit of a twist. For while the children of the 1960s wore blooms in their hair to promote peace and love, now it is all about random acts of kindness. In an emerging trend, people are leaving bouquets in public places to be picked up by passing strangers. It appears to have started in London, but has spread to other places across the country, such as Cirencester in Gloucestershire. Jenny Webster set up the Cirencester Kindness Project after her sister Claire, a surgeon at Queen Mary’s Hospital in South-West London, came upon a bunch of flowers in the street. Jenny Webster, 30,  set up the Cirencester Kindness Project after her sister Claire, a surgeon at Queen Mary’s Hospital in South-West London, came upon a bunch of flowers in the street Jenny, a 30-year-old circus performer, said: ‘The flowers were just perfect because she has been working really hard. She was really tearful when she received them and was really touched.’ Impressed by how happy the ex

Prince Charles calls on Britain and Germany to 'reaffirm' their bond to 'defend the future we owe our children and our grandchildren' after jetting in on £1million makeover ministerial RAF jet

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Prince Charles will call on Britain and Germany to 'reaffirm' their bond and make striving for a 'better tomorrow' their 'common cause' during a ceremony marking Germany's National Day of Mourning on Sunday. Charles and Camilla jetted into Schönefeld - just south of Berlin - in the ministerial plane RAF Voyager this evening ahead tomorrow's event - and were greeted on the tarmac at Brandenburg Airport by Britain's ambassador to Germany Jill Gallard. The royal couple are the first dignitaries to fly in RAF Voyager since aircraft's £1 million paint job which saw it transformed from grey to white - with a Union flag on the tailfin and United Kingdom written in gold on the fuselage. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's presence at a ceremony for Volkstrauertag - known as Germany's National Day of Mourning - will be the first time members of the British monarchy will join guests at the country's remembrance event.  In a speech