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Prince Harry Accuses Camilla of ‘Dangerous’ Media Leaks



Prince Harry Accuses Camilla of 'Dangerous' Media Leaks

As he promotes a new book detailing his life behind palace walls, Prince Harry accuses his the queen consort, Camilla, of leaking private conversations to the media to boost her reputation.

In interviews aired Sunday and Monday, Prince Harry accused members of his family of “getting into bed with the devil” to gain favorable new tabloid coverage, singling out Camilla’s efforts to repair her image with the British people following her long-running affair with his father, now King Charles III.

“Because of the connections Camilla forged within the British press, she became dangerous,” he told CBS. “On both sides, there was an open willingness to exchange information. And with a Royal family built on hierarchy, and her on her way to being queen consort, there were bound to be people or bodies on the street.”

Harry appeared on ITV in the United Kingdom, CBS “60 Minutes,” and Good Morning America to promote his new book “Spare,” which will be widely released on Tuesday. Some bookshops in the United Kingdom plan to open at midnight to meet the demand for the highly anticipated memoir, which has sparked outrage with reports that it contains details of bitter family resentments, as well as Harry and his wife Meghan’s decision to leave their royal roles and relocate to California.

In the interviews, Harry repeatedly blamed the media for the couple’s problems, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, claiming that the coverage contributed to their rift with his brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate.

“They were always pitting us against each other,” he explained to Good Morning America. “They pit Kate and Meghan up against one another.”

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Prince Harry’s legal battles

Harry was also unafraid of launching legal battles against some members of the British media. While his father believes taking on the press is “probably a suicide mission,” Harry describes changing the media landscape in the UK as “my life’s work.”

However, Harry has continued to criticize the royal family.

He reiterated his claim that the royal family was “concerned” about the skin color of his unborn child after he married biracial American actress Meghan Markle. Harry and Meghan first mentioned the incident in a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, but they have yet to identify the family member who expressed concern.

Harry insisted his family was not racist but that the incident demonstrated unconscious bias. Before meeting Meghan, the prince admitted to CBS that he was “probably bigoted” and that the royal family, which is held to a higher moral standard, needed to “learn and grow” to be “part of the solution rather than part of the problem.”

“Otherwise, unconscious bias becomes racism,” Harry explained to ITV.

“Spare” delves into Harry’s grief over his mother’s death in 1997, as well as his long-simmering resentment at being the royal “spare,” overshadowed by the “heir” — older brother William. He describes an argument and a physical altercation with William, how he lost his virginity, and his use of cocaine and cannabis.

He also claims to have killed 25 Taliban fighters while serving as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, which has sparked outrage from both the Taliban and British military veterans.

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Camilla the third person

Camilla’s allegations are especially sensitive because of her role in the dissolution of Charles’ marriage to the late Princess Diana, William and Harry’s mother.

Diana once referred to Camilla, who had a long-running affair with Charles, as the “third person” in their marriage. While many public members initially shunned Camilla, she has won fans by participating in various charitable activities and is credited with making Charles appear less stuffy and more in touch with modern Britain.

“I had complex feelings about gaining a stepparent who, I believed, had recently sacrificed me on her PR altar,” Harry writes about his father’s 2005 wedding to Camilla. Nonetheless, he claims he wanted his father to be happy. “In a strange way, I wanted Camilla to be happy. Maybe if she were happy, she’d be less dangerous?”

“Spare” is the latest in a series of public statements made by Harry and Meghan since they left the royal family and relocated to California in 2020, citing what they saw as the media’s racism toward Meghan and a lack of support from the palace. It comes after Winfrey’s interview and a six-part Netflix series that debuted last month.

Harry, 38, describes the couple’s acrimonious split from the royal family in the ghostwritten memoir after their request for a part-time royal role was denied.

The television interviews will almost certainly increase the pressure on the royal family. In addition, Harry will appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Royal family officials have not commented on any of the allegations, but allies have reacted anonymously.

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Spin and distortion

Prince Harry defended the memoir, calling it his attempt to “own my story” after years of “spin and distortion” by others. In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Harry denied that his book was intended to harm his family.

According to Omid Scobie, co-author of “Finding Freedom,” the new book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry is providing the public with a look behind the palace walls they have long desired.

“Of course, there are some drawbacks for those who have been a part of Prince Harry’s journey,” Scobie told the BBC. “We heard some shocking confessions and stories about members of the royal family, especially Camilla and her relationship with the press.”

While Harry hasn’t spoken with his father or brother in a long time, he hopes to reconcile with them. However, he told ITV that “the ball is in their court.”

“They have shown no willingness to reconcile,” he said.

While the saga is damaging to the royal family, it may not be as damaging as people believe and will provide a forum for the global audience to discuss difficult issues such as misogyny and racism, according to Boston University professor Arianne Chernock, an expert in modern British history.

But she was wary of doomsayers who claimed the monarchy was in trouble. After all, the institution has been around for over 1,000 years.

“This is an important part of the royal family’s history,” she said. “Scandal is the exception, not the rule.”

Source: AP, VOR News

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Wikipedia, Wrapped. Here Are 2023’S Most-Viewed Articles On The Internet’s Encyclopedia




NEW YORK – Remember what you were looking for in 2023? Wikipedia, on the other hand, has the receipts.

According to data provided Tuesday by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind the free, openly edited online encyclopedia, English Wikipedia received more than 84 billion views this year. The most popular piece was on ChatGPT (the AI chatbot that appears to be everywhere these days).

OpenAI’s ChatGPT has flown into the public eye since its inception just over a year ago, as the technology makes its way into schools, health care, legislation, and even religious preaching. The chatbot has also contributed to developing arguments regarding the possible benefits and risks of generative AI, most of which are detailed on its Wikipedia page.


Here Are 2023’S Most-Viewed Articles On The Internet’s Encyclopedia

The annual list of fatalities was the second most-read article on Wikipedia in 2023, after taking the #4 and #1 rankings in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Individual entries for important figures who died this year drew much attention, notably those for Matthew Perry and Lisa Marie Presley.

Meanwhile, the highly anticipated 2023 Cricket World Cup came in third place — along with three other cricket-related entries in Wikipedia’s top 25 this year, including the Indian Premier League at #4, marking the first time cricket content has made the list since the Wikimedia Foundation began tracking in 2015.

“Barbenheimer,” Taylor Swift and others also appeared to influence our internet-reading habits in 2023. Here are this year’s top 25 English Wikipedia articles.

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, this top 25 ranking was constructed using English Wikipedia statistics as of November 28. The charity plans to update full-year figures on January 3, 2024.

The United States (33.2 billion) and the United Kingdom (9 billion), along with India (8.48 billion), Canada (3.95 billion), and Australia (2.56 billion), are the top countries that accessed English Wikipedia globally in 2023, according to Wikimedia Foundation data shared with The Associated Press.


Here Are 2023’S Most-Viewed Articles On The Internet’s Encyclopedia

1. ChatGPT: 49,490,406 pageviews

2. Deaths in 2023: 42,666,860 pageviews

3. 2023 Cricket World Cup: 38,171,653 pageviews

4. Indian Premier League: 32,012,810 pageviews

5. Oppenheimer (film): 28,348,248 pageviews

6. Cricket World Cup: 25,961,417 pageviews

7. J. Robert Oppenheimer: 25,672,469 pageviews

8. Jawan (film): 21,791,126 pageviews

9. 2023 Indian Premier League: 20,694,974 pageviews

10. Pathaan (film): 19,932,509 pageviews

11. The Last of Us (TV series): 19,791,789 pageviews

12. Taylor Swift, 19,418,385: pageviews

13. Barbie (film): 18,051,077 pageviews

14. Cristiano Ronaldo: 17,492,537 pageviews

15. Lionel Messi: 16,623,630 pageviews

16. Premier League: 16,604,669 pageviews

17. Matthew Perry: 16,454,666 pageviews

18. United States: 16,240,461 pageviews

19. Elon Musk: 14,370,395 pageviews

20. Avatar: The Way of Water: 14,303,116 pageviews

21. India: 13,850,178 pageviews

22. Lisa Marie Presley: 13,764,007 pageviews

23. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 13,392,917 pageviews

24. Russian invasion of Ukraine: 12,798,866 pageviews

25. Andrew Tate: 12,728,616 pageviews

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, this top 25 ranking was constructed using English Wikipedia statistics as of November 28. The charity plans to update full-year figures on January 3, 2024.

The United States (33.2 billion) and the United Kingdom (9 billion), along with India (8.48 billion), Canada (3.95 billion), and Australia (2.56 billion), are the top countries that accessed English Wikipedia globally in 2023, according to Wikimedia Foundation data shared with The Associated Press.


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Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press




Are you adept at flirting or chatting up possible partners? If this is the case, you may already have rizz and be unaware of it.

Young folks utilize the Oxford word of the year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm.

It was one of eight words chosen from a shortlist to define the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of 2023.

A public poll was used to narrow down the list before Oxford lexicographers made the ultimate selection.

Swiftie, Beige Flag, and Situationship were among the other contenders.

If you are not a member of Generation Z, the term may be meaningless to you.

However, it is widely utilized online, with billions of views of the hashtag “rizz” on TikTok.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

It is described as style, charm, or attractiveness, as well as the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner, by Oxford University Press [OUP], which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary [OED].

The word “charisma” is assumed to be a shorter variant of “charisma.”

It can also be used as a verb, as in “to frizz up,” which means “to attract, seduce, or chat up someone.”

It’s essentially a modern version of the “game,” described as skill, proficiency, and the capacity to sexually entice people through one’s charm.


What do the shorlisted words mean?

Beige flag (n.): a character feature that indicates that a partner or possible partner is boring or lacks creativity; (also) a quality or habit, especially of a partner or potential mate, that is very distinctive but not good or bad. [proposed definition]

A situationship (n.) is a romantic or sexual relationship that is not formal or established.

Swiftie (n.): a devoted follower of Taylor Swift. [proposed definition]

Prompt (n.): a command issued to an artificial intelligence program, algorithm, or the like that affects or influences the content it generates [draft definition]

De-influencing (n.): the activity of deterring individuals from purchasing specific things or pushing people to consume less material goods, particularly through social media [draft definition]

The Oxford University Press emphasized that lexicographers are writing a draft definition “for the Word of the Year campaign” and that terms without draft definitions are already in the OED.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

The rest of the words will be included in dictionaries “after assessment of their longevity, frequency, and breadth of usage,” according to the statement.

Kai Cenat, a Twitch streamer and YouTuber is widely credited with popularizing the term rizz, which he used with his buddies.

The word’s popularity has grown this year, and in June, actor Tom Holland was asked by Buzzfeed about the secret to his frizz.

Holland responded, “I have no rizz at all.” “I have limited rizz,” he says before detailing how he won his fiancée Zendaya over by playing the “long game.”


Another slang term characterizing “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy” behavior that was last year’s Oxford word of the year was “goblin mode.”

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, stated that while “goblin mode” was popular following the epidemic, “it’s interesting to see a contrasting word like rizz come to the forefront.”

He speculated that the word referred to “a prevailing mood of 2023, where more of us are opening up after a challenging few years and finding confidence in who we are.”

Mr. Grathwohl said that the increased use of the word frizz demonstrated that words and phrases derived from online culture “are increasingly becoming part of the day-to-day vernacular.”

The language specialists at Oxford University Press chose the selection of eight words.

This list was then subjected to a public vote in late November, narrowing the field to four finalists before the experts decided.

Collins Dictionary revealed “artificial intelligence” as the word of 2023 in November.


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BMW Recalls 2014 Model SUVs After Takata Air Bag Inflator Blows Apart, Hurling Shrapnel And Injuring Driver




DETROIT, MI — BMW is recalling a small number of SUVs in the United States because the driver’s air bag inflators can rupture in a crash, throwing metal shards and potentially harming or killing passengers.

According to documents issued Saturday by US auto safety regulators, the recall involves 486 X3, X4, and X5 SUVs from the 2014 model year that are fitted with Takata Corp. of Japan airbags.

The recall calls into doubt the safety of around 30 million Takata inflators, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating. The vast majority have yet to be recalled.

Takata created a minor explosion using explosive ammonium nitrate to inflate airbags in a crash. However, the chemical might deteriorate over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity. It can potentially detonate violently, destroying a metal canister and spilling shrapnel.

Takata inflators have killed at least 26 individuals in the United States since May 2009, and at least 30 people have perished globally, including those in Malaysia and Australia. A further 400 persons have been injured.

The risk of a dangerous malfunction prompted the greatest auto recalls in US history, involving at least 67 million Takata inflators. According to the US government, many still need to be restored. Globally, over 100 million inflators have been recalled. Takata declared bankruptcy as a result of the bursting airbags.


BMW Recalls SUVs After Takata Air Bag Inflator Blows Apart, Hurling Shrapnel And Injuring Driver

According to documents, the inflators in the BMWs contain a moisture-absorbing substance known as a desiccant that was not included in earlier recalls.

According to papers, BMW was informed in November of an NHTSA complaint that the driver’s airbag in a 2014 X3 had ruptured. The automaker launched an investigation, but no specific cause has been identified. However, according to the records, preliminary information indicates a production fault from February 22, 2014, to March 7, 2014.

According to records, the German automaker is still investigating but has not yet been able to inspect the X3 with the malfunctioning airbag.

According to NHTSA data, on October 23, the inflator on a 2014 X3 exploded in Chicago, blasting a big piece of metal into the driver’s lung.


BMW Recalls SUVs After Takata Air Bag Inflator Blows Apart, Hurling Shrapnel And Injuring Driver

According to the complaint, the driver also suffered chest and shoulder injuries that seemed to be caused by shrapnel. According to the lawsuit, which did not identify the driver, a surgeon extracted a gold-colored disc from the driver’s lung.

According to the NHTSA, Takata airbags with desiccant are being investigated because they have the potential to detonate and release shrapnel. The investigation, which began in 2021, involves more than 30 million inflators from 20 car and truck manufacturers, including Honda, Stellantis, General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Tesla, BMW, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Daimler Vans, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Mazda, Karma, Fisker, and Spartan Fire vehicles.

In May 2020, the agency decided not to recall the desiccant-containing inflators but to monitor them.


BMW Recalls SUVs After Takata Air Bag Inflator Blows Apart, Hurling Shrapnel And Injuring Driver

“While no current safety risk has been identified, additional work is required to evaluate the future risk of non-recalled dessicated inflators,” the government stated in a paper that launched the investigation.

A NHTSA representative stated Saturday that she would look into the status of the inquiry. BMW was contacted and asked for comment.

Dealers will replace the airbags at no cost to owners, who will be notified via letter beginning January 16.

The BMW recall comes after General Motors recalled approximately 900 vehicles in July due to desiccant-containing Takata inflators. GM also blamed the incident on a Takata manufacturing flaw.

In a statement about the GM recall last summer, the NHTSA stated that it had no data indicating that other desiccated Takata inflators would burst.

source – AP

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