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Friday evening news briefing: BBC names royal figures at centre of racism row

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Good evening. The BBC has named the King and the Princess of Wales as the members of the Royal family at the centre of a racism row.

Elsewhere, flurries of snow have fallen on London for the first time this year.

BBC names King and Princess of Wales as royal figures at centre of racism row

The King and Princess of Wales were first named in the Dutch edition of Omid Scobie’s book, Endgame
The King and Princess of Wales were first named in the Dutch edition of Omid Scobie’s book, Endgame

The BBC has named the King and the Princess of Wales as the members of the Royal family at the centre of a racism row. Radio 4’s Today programme announced the names to its listeners, just an hour after saying the corporation would not be disclosing them. The decision is understood to have been taken by senior news executives, after multiple British newspapers and broadcasters identified the pair as the royal figures said to have commented on the colour of Prince Archie’s skin.

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Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza after a week-long ceasefire with the terror group ended on Friday. Palestinians in the south of the strip said they had been warned to flee towards the border with Egypt. Explosions were heard throughout the Gaza Strip and air-raid sirens sounded in southern Israel, piercing a relative silence that had fallen over the area in recent days during a tenuous, temporary truce.

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Emma Bunton, Gary Barlow, Rod Stewart, Geri Horner and Ronnie Wood around the piano at Christian Horner’s surprise birthday party
Emma Bunton, Gary Barlow, Rod Stewart, Geri Horner and Ronnie Wood around the piano at Christian Horner’s surprise birthday party - Instagram @ronniewood

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