Bali-bound cruise ship Queen Elizabeth diverted to Fremantle due to coronavirus outbreak

A cruise ship initially scheduled to dock in Bali has been amused and is set to arrive in Fremantle in the coming days as it grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak. key points: The Queen Elizabeth was due to arrive in Bali on Monday but will now travel to Fremantle The ship’s owner, Cunard, says the … Read more

Wheatbelt council decides against selling controversial painting by convicted child sex offender Rolf Harris

When should the art be separated from the artist? This is the question a local government in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt grappled with this week when it voted against selling the painting it was gifted by convicted child sex offender Rolf Harris. key points: A Wheatbelt council has voted against selling a painting it was gifted … Read more

The Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki on Channeling Princess Diana

Elizabeth Debicki has mesmerized audiences with her eerie summoning of Princess Diana on The Crown‘s fifth season, which charts the late royal’s messy breakup with Prince Charles and the royal family. “She precisely calibrates the elegant ennui of the public Diana—her familiar crooked-neck pose dela, her downward gaze so knowing and haunted while she talks … Read more

Prince Andrew secretly visit as he targets role involving oil-rich Gulf states

Prince Andrew has secretly visited Bahrain amid claims he is targeting an unofficial role as intermediary between the West and oil-rich Gulf states in the energy crisis. The disgraced Duke of York, 62, flew out last week on a billionaire Swiss contact’s jet to be pampered in five-star, all-expenses-paid luxury by his long-standing friends in … Read more

Craig Foster succeeds Peter FitzSimons as Republic Movement head

Human rights and anti-racism activist, former Socceroo Craig Foster AM, has been elected to lead the Australian Republic Movement after Peter FitzSimons resigned, writes Dr Glenn Davies. NOVEMBER IS Australia’s “republic season” — a time of year full of republican symbolism, as well as republican remembering. It’s a time to look forward and reflect back. … Read more

The Crown Season 5 cast discuss impact of Queen’s death, challenges of playing the Royals and more

The Crown is back with its fifth season as creator Peter Morgan continues to tell the story of Britain’s Royal family during one of their most challenging time periods. Season 5 introduces Imelda Staunton in the role of Queen Elizabeth with Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Dominic West as … Read more

Spain’s former king appeals for immunity over UK harassment case

Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos I, on Tuesday summarized a UK court battle to win immunity over harassment claims by his former lover, just as a new podcast featuring her claims is released. Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 58, is seeking personal injury damages from the 84-year-old former monarch, who ruled Spain from 1975 until his abdication … Read more

Read an Exclusive Excerpt From ‘The King: The Life of Charles III’

If nothing else, Gordonstoun, Philip’s alma mater on the remote, windswept north coast of Scotland, taught the Prince of Wales to hardening freezing temperatures. Each day he began with a regimen designed to “shake the sleep out of them”: a shirtless predawn run through the countryside—even when it snowed—followed by an icy shower. Classrooms were … Read more

A reign that just won’t end

Bazza joined the lament about the rain with the older blocks gathered around the bar. “Know-all Ron” held court and cleared his throat: “There was the big rain back in 1860. You know….. Araluen was pretty much washed away with flash flooding. In fact, a number of people lost their lives.” A long pause and … Read more

Let’s start talking about a republic

Nothing should stall debate on a republic in the lead-up to a possible referendum in the next term of Parliament, writes David Muir. TOO OFTEN, politicians defer or shut down debate on certain issues by claiming “the time is not right” or “there are more important things on our agenda”. These excuses ignore the fact … Read more