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Thursday evening news briefing: Palace considers legal action after Morgan names ‘royal racists’

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Good evening. Buckingham Palace is considering legal action after Piers Morgan named the two so-called “royal racists” on UK television.

Elsewhere, former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling has died after a short illness aged 70.

Palace considers legal action after Piers Morgan names ‘royal racists’

Buckingham Palace is considering legal action after Piers Morgan named the two so-called “royal racists” on UK television. A royal source said: “We are considering all options.” Morgan revealed the names of the two members of the Royal family caught up in a racism row involving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after their identities were published in the Dutch translation of a new royal book.

Lee Anderson tells Ursula von der Leyen to ‘shut up’ after she suggested reversing Brexit

Lee Anderson has told Ursula von der Leyen to “shut up” after she urged young people to reverse Brexit. The President of the European Commission suggested the UK could be on a path to rejoin the bloc. She said at an event in Brussels that “the direction of travel” was clear and suggested the younger generation could “fix” the mistake of Brexit.

Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling dies aged 70

Alistair Darling has died after a short illness aged 70, his family has confirmed. Lord Darling of Roulanish served as chancellor in Gordon Brown’s administration after Sir Tony Blair stood down as prime minister. He later led the victorious Better Together campaign in the 2014 independence referendum, defeating Alex Salmond’s nationalists.

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Omid Scobie | The royal author insisted on Thursday he was “frustrated” that the names of two so-called royal “racists” had been published in the Dutch edition of his book, and denied it was a publicity stunt.

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World news: Tears of joy as Thai hostages are reunited with their families in Bangkok

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