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Andrew Lloyd Webber, 72, receives experimental coronavirus vaccine as part of Oxford trial

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Andrew Lloyd Webber received an experimental coronavirus vaccine as part of an Oxford trial on Thursday.

The world-renowned composer, 72, shared a snap from hospital via Twitter, which showed a nurse inject him with the vaccination.

Looking relaxed as he got the procedure done, Andrew wore a face mask to protect himself amid the COVID-19 crisis and a black shirt with ‘#SaveOurStages’ written across it, while the medical staff member wore PPE.

Trial: Andrew Lloyd Webber, 72, received an experimental coronavirus vaccine as part of Oxford trial on Friday, as he said he'll 'do anything to get theatres open again'

Trial: Andrew Lloyd Webber, 72, received an experimental coronavirus vaccine as part of Oxford trial on Friday, as he said he'll 'do anything to get theatres open again'

Trial: Andrew Lloyd Webber, 72, received an experimental coronavirus vaccine as part of Oxford trial on Friday, as he said he’ll ‘do anything to get theatres open again’

Detailing what happened with his fans, the Phantom Of The Opera composer wrote: ‘Just completed the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial. 

‘I’ll do anything to get theatres large and small open again and actors and musicians back to work. – ALW’

On Wednesday he took to social media to talk about his motives behind his decision to be a part of the trial.

Reiterating his statement on Thursday, Andrew said: ‘I am excited that tomorrow I am going to be vaccinated for the Oxford Covid 19 trial. I’ll do anything to prove that theatres can re-open safely.’

Statement: Alongside the picture from the trial, Sir Andrew detailed what happened with his fans and said he was doing it so that 'theatres large and small' could reopen

Statement: Alongside the picture from the trial, Sir Andrew detailed what happened with his fans and said he was doing it so that 'theatres large and small' could reopen

Statement: Alongside the picture from the trial, Sir Andrew detailed what happened with his fans and said he was doing it so that ‘theatres large and small’ could reopen

Walking the talk: On Wednesday Sir Andrew took to social media to talk about his motives behind his decision to be a part of the trial

Walking the talk: On Wednesday Sir Andrew took to social media to talk about his motives behind his decision to be a part of the trial

Walking the talk: On Wednesday Sir Andrew took to social media to talk about his motives behind his decision to be a part of the trial

The University of Oxford and the drug company AstraZeneca are currently working on the development of the experimental vaccine called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19. 

Thousands of people in the UK, United States, Brazil and South Africa have volunteered to take part in clinical trials.

As recently as July 20, researchers announced the initial results of 1,077 people were promising, suggesting that the vaccine is both safe and triggers an immune response, according to the BBC   

Race for the vaccine: Reiterating his statement on Thursday, Sir Andrew said: 'I'll do anything to prove that theatres can re-open safely'

Race for the vaccine: Reiterating his statement on Thursday, Sir Andrew said: 'I'll do anything to prove that theatres can re-open safely'

Race for the vaccine: Reiterating his statement on Thursday, Sir Andrew said: ‘I’ll do anything to prove that theatres can re-open safely’

COVID-19 crisis: Webber, whose illustrious composing career includes Cats (pictured in 2014), took part in the expansion of the study by University of Oxford and drug company AstraZeneca

COVID-19 crisis: Webber, whose illustrious composing career includes Cats (pictured in 2014), took part in the expansion of the study by University of Oxford and drug company AstraZeneca

COVID-19 crisis: Webber, whose illustrious composing career includes Cats (pictured in 2014), took part in the expansion of the study by University of Oxford and drug company AstraZeneca

The next step in the study involves expanding the trial at a higher dose to thousands more people, which is where Webber appeared to come into the play.

A slew of people took to Twitter to applaud the Cats composer’s willingness to get involved in finding a cure or treatment for the virus.

‘Bravo’, ‘Godspeed to you sir’ and ‘Thank you for your dedication’ where among the many sentiments from followers and fans.

Film director Sir Sam Mendes says opening theatres with social distancing will be like ‘pouring money down the drain’ 

Sir Sam Mendes says opening theatres with social distancing will be like ‘pouring money down the drain’.

Live indoor theatre and concerts can resume with the measures in place from the start of next month.

But the Bond filmmaker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that ‘any theatre has to run at 60 per cent, 70 per cent capacity to even break even’.

He added: ‘So to run at 30 per cent capacity… basically means pouring money down the drain, money which is not there.’

Sir Sam wants theatres to reopen without social distancing at the end of the year.

‘I’m not arguing that they should reopen with no social distancing now,’ he told Today.

‘But there has to be a ‘no earlier than’ date – my suggestion is that should be early December, which gives theatres time to plan.’

He said it would be ‘up to the audience on whether they want to take the risk’, adding that ‘at the moment there’s a risk just leaving the house…’ 

A fund set up by Sir Sam to help workers in the theatre industry has raised £1.6 million.

The director of films such as Skyfall and 1917, and plays including The Lehman Trilogy and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, said the money will be used to support 1,600 freelancers.

However, almost 4,000 people have applied for support from the Theatre Artists Fund in one week.

Stars including Imelda Staunton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Firth and Hugh Bonneville have donated to the fund, which was established with a £500,000 donation from streaming giant Netflix.

Sir Sam urged others to ‘come forward and show their support in order to help those in need’. 

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‘I really admire how you actually act in order to support what you believe. Most of the people only talk much but do little. Keep my fingers crossed that the vaccine works. Stay safe,’ another person tweeted out in support. 

New York City’s Broadway and London’s West End are among the theatre districts and venues that have been closed since March due to the pandemic.  

In recent months, both Webber and his longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about what they say is the UK government’s weak response to help the theatre industry during the crisis.

Mackintosh contends that the UK government’s $1.9 billion arts lifeline, which includes $647.3 million for Arts Council England to support theatres, music and comedy venues and museums, ‘still hasn’t materialised,’ according to Variety. 

When the pandemic hit, Mackintosh was forced to shut down all eight of his West End properties, which were running to full houses at the time.

Webber’s illustrious career as a composer includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986) and School Of Rock (2015).

Webber has been trialling measures at the London Palladium that could allow the theatre business to get back up and running after Phantom Of The Opera continued in South Korea with strict hygiene measures and no social distancing.

The composer hosted a pilot performance by Beverley Knight at the London Palladium, which had strict social distancing measures in place and was at 30 per cent capacity.

It is one of a number of events to gauge the viability of live entertainment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Audience members were given an assigned arrival time and spread sparsely across the auditorium, with some rows left completely empty.

Speaking after the performance, Rebecca Kane Burton, chief executive of LW Theatres – the venue’s owner – said it was a ‘relief’ to reopen the doors.

She added: ‘I want to get this place back open, no social distancing.

‘And hopefully today has demonstrated that we run a tight ship, we know how to manage things, we have the right mitigations in place, and people just need this back in their lives.

‘Beverley needs it, the freelancers need it, the 290,000 in our industry – they need to get back into work. We are not a risk. We know how to do things properly. I’m excited.’

She added: ‘Hopefully today is the first step in showing the world, Public Health England, DCMS, whoever needs to see the evidence, we manage a tight ship.’ 

Last month, Webber said that Chinese investors could be set to buy up London’s West End theatres.

The composer told the Daily Telegraph that overseas buyers could take advantage of the precarious financial position that UK theatres find themselves in.

Taking a stand: Webber and his longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about what they say is the UK government's weak response to help the theatre industry

Taking a stand: Webber and his longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about what they say is the UK government's weak response to help the theatre industry

Taking a stand: Webber and his longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about what they say is the UK government’s weak response to help the theatre industry 

‘There are major buyers circling around who are not British and would like to own West End theatres,’ he said.

He said that during the recent sale of the Theatre Royal Haymarket the price was inflated by a Chinese bidder.

The theatre was bought for a reported £45 million, paid by the billionaire Sir Leonard Blavatnik in 2018.

This far exceeded other price tags for London theatres, including the Victoria Palace, which Cameron Mackintosh bought for about £26 million in 2014, and the Palace Theatre, in 2012. 

Working hard: Webber has been trialling measures at the London Palladium that could allow theatres to get back up and running after Phantom Of The Opera continued in South Korea

Working hard: Webber has been trialling measures at the London Palladium that could allow theatres to get back up and running after Phantom Of The Opera continued in South Korea

Working hard: Webber has been trialling measures at the London Palladium that could allow theatres to get back up and running after Phantom Of The Opera continued in South Korea

He said the sector had received ‘no clarity’ from the Government about how its £1.57 billion support package for the arts will be distributed.

Lord Lloyd Webber warned that without urgent funds and a clear timeline for reopening, theatre owners will be forced to put the buildings up for sale.  

Following government advice, theatres have been closed since 16 March to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, with many warning that they will go out of business in the coming months without support.

The National Theatre told their 400 members of casual staff that they will lose their jobs in a move it described as unavoidable due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Legendary: Webber's resume includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986) and School Of Rock (2015)

Legendary: Webber's resume includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986) and School Of Rock (2015)

Legendary: Webber’s resume includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986) and School Of Rock (2015)

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Family of one-punch victim question why Irish killer was allowed into Australia

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Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

The parents of a one-punch victim have asked why their son’s killer was allowed into Australia as the Irish thug stands accused of almost slicing a man’s ear off in Sydney.

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for manslaughter over the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolan in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011.

The 29-year-old is now wanted by police in New South Wales following two vicious alleged attacks in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in August 2020 and November 2019.

Upon hearing about Farrell’s latest alleged assaults, Mr Dolan’s father Joe was horrified.

‘We are shocked and appalled, these allegations are very serious,’ he told The Daily Telegraph from his home in Ireland.

‘We wonder how he got to Australia in the first place and hope that justice will be delivered appropriately.’

His son, a young biomedical student, pleaded for his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow. 

‘Don’t hit me,’ Mr Dolan begged on December 23, 2011. ‘What did I do?’ 

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon (pictured) in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon (pictured) in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon (pictured) in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

The young biomedical student (pictured) pleaded or his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow

The young biomedical student (pictured) pleaded or his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow

The young biomedical student (pictured) pleaded or his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow

He died in hospital ten days later.

Farrell, then 21, pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing.

In campaigns to end one-punch violence, Mr Dolan’s mother Rosie said that if bystanders had intervened, her son may still be alive.

According to the Australian Department of Home Affairs’ website, all visa applicants have criminal record checks.

It also says that anyone who has had a jail sentence of more than one year is banned from entering Australia.

Mr Dolan (pictured) died in hospital ten days later

Mr Dolan (pictured) died in hospital ten days later

Farrell pleaded guilty to killing Mr Dolan

Farrell pleaded guilty to killing Mr Dolan

Mr Dolan (pictured left) died in hospital ten days later. Farrell (right) pleaded guilty to killing Mr Dolan

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s office told the publication it could not comment on individual cases.

‘The Australian Government takes seriously its responsibility to protect the Australian public from the risk of harm posed by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct or behaviour,’ the statement said. 

It also said: ‘Non-citizens who do not comply with their visa conditions, who provide incorrect information in order to enter Australia … or who engage in substantial criminal conduct will have their visas cancelled’.

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, about 8.40pm on August 29

In his latest alleged attack on August 29, Farrell allegedly left Oliver Solan in a pool of his own blood in the corridor in a Randwick apartment in Sydney’s east. 

The 30-year-old was left with a severed ear and a punctured spleen, which later had to be removed. 

Two others who were involved in Mr Solon’s attack have been charged. 

He also allegedly knocking a 56-year-old man unconscious in a beer garden in Matraville, also in Sydney’s east, in November last year.

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious 

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Police allege security footage from the venue showed Farrell and the victim in a verbal argument before the the Irishman allegedly delivered the left-handed blow. 

The man was in hospital for two days.

Farrell is about 175cm tall, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is known to frequent the areas of Randwick, Maroubra, Mascot and Alexandria. 

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Darwin: Hundreds of Australians cut loose in the sunshine at Reset 2020 music festival

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Hundreds of people have gathered to celebrate the return of live music in Darwin.

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. 

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

Jon Stevens, the brain behind Noisworks, is the creator of the festival and was supposed to headline the show. 

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People soaked up the sun and the music at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday

People soaked up the sun and the music at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday

People soaked up the sun and the music at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. Pictured: Crowd at the festival

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. Pictured: Crowd at the festival

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. Pictured: Crowd at the festival

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

Video footage shared to Instagram showed one man jump belly-first into one mud puddle and pretend to swim

Video footage shared to Instagram showed one man jump belly-first into one mud puddle and pretend to swim

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

Hundreds took the opportunity to soak up the sun and dance to some of their favourite artists. 

A spot of rain didn’t dampen anyone’s mood – with several jumping into mud puddles.

Footage shared to Instagram showed one man jump belly-first into one mud puddle and pretend to swim.

Another clip showed a woman covered in mud twirling to the music in front of the stage while barefoot.

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again.

Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram.

‘Yes! First sound check in six months,’ he captioned the video.

‘Cannot wait to play the show tomorrow here in Darwin! Make sure you come check it out if you’re in Darwin! Love NT!’

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again. Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again. Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again. Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram

Angels vocalist Dave Gleeson described the festival as a ‘glimmer of hope’ for musicians. 

Concertgoers Elizabeth Szegedi and Jade Leask were among attendees of the festival.

The pair were keen to see Daryl Braithwaite and Jon Stevens, but the performers were unable to attend due to border restrictions.

However Ms Szegedi and Ms Leask were excited to see Noll play. 

‘The Territory’s the best place to live, isn’t it?’ Ms Szegedi told the NT News.

Hundreds of people turned up to celebrate the return of live music to Darwin on Saturday

Hundreds of people turned up to celebrate the return of live music to Darwin on Saturday

Hundreds of people turned up to celebrate the return of live music to Darwin on Saturday

‘We’re really happy to be here.’

Falls Music and Arts Festival cancelled their Marion Bay, Tasmania, show on July 14 for 2020 but haven’t ruled out shows in NSW, Victoria and WA in 2020 and 2021.

Popular festival Splendour In The Grass was also cancelled for 2020.   

Dark Mofo and Groovin the Moo were also cancelled earlier this year due to the pandemic. 

Tamworth Country Music Festival announced earlier this month that it would not return in 2021. 

Darwin Ski Club will also host Jimmy Barnes and Rebound 2020 in the coming weeks. 

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Prince Harry has ‘joined a helicopter club in California’ so he can take Meghan and Archie on trips

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Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current, a royal insider told the Sun.

In 2013, the royal qualified as an Apache helicopter commander while serving in the Regiment Army Air Corps but left the military less than a year later to pursue charity work.

Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips. The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current. He is pictured in the army on a helicopter in 2012

Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips. The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current. He is pictured in the army on a helicopter in 2012

Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips. The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current. He is pictured in the army on a helicopter in 2012

‘He’s very proud of that licence; he worked hard to get first the basic and then the Apache.

‘He’s hardly likely to be recalled for military service in England again but he wants to keep the hours up for personal use, so he and Meghan can just take off for expeditions if they want to,’ the friend of Harry told the paper.  

While it is believed Harry doesn’t own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be ‘plenty of rich benefactors’ who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would ‘love the royal association’. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in March and moved to Vancouver Island, Canada.

While it is believed Harry doesn't own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be 'plenty of rich benefactors' who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would 'love the royal association'. Harry is pictured with Meghan and Archie in 2019 in South Africa

While it is believed Harry doesn't own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be 'plenty of rich benefactors' who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would 'love the royal association'. Harry is pictured with Meghan and Archie in 2019 in South Africa

While it is believed Harry doesn’t own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be ‘plenty of rich benefactors’ who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would ‘love the royal association’. Harry is pictured with Meghan and Archie in 2019 in South Africa

They spent some time in 39-year-old Meghan’s native Los Angeles before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where they are currently living in an £11million mansion with son Archie, one. 

Last month, the couple signed a £112million Netflix deal that ‘could include a documentary on Princess Diana’. 

An insider told The Mirror the documentary will focus on Diana’s family history and heritage, but voiced fears over it widening the rift with brother William.

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January.

Harry is pictured in 2013 after qualifying as a Apache pilot in the British Army. Less than a year later he left to pursue charity work

Harry is pictured in 2013 after qualifying as a Apache pilot in the British Army. Less than a year later he left to pursue charity work

Harry is pictured in 2013 after qualifying as a Apache pilot in the British Army. Less than a year later he left to pursue charity work

Meghan’s first post-Megxit job in showbiz was as a narrator of the Disney Plus docuseries Elephants, which came out in April.

The Los Angeles native nabbed the job after Harry bragged about her voiceover skills to Disney chairman Bob Iger at the London premiere of The Lion King live action remake last summer.

Her fee for the project went entirely to the Elephants Without Borders charity – an organisation dedicated to conserving wildlife and helps protect the animals from poaching.

Harry followed in her footsteps by appearing in a new Netflix documentary about about the Paralympic Games called Rising Phoenix, which aired on August 26.

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January

In 2014, Harry confessed he missed his role as an Apache helicopter pilot and would like to return to flying in the future. 

The Prince loved his five-month posting to Afghanistan in winter 2012-13 where he served as a top gun co-pilot, often providing top cover for medical evacuations. But he did not enjoy the social side of life on base at Wattisham, Suffolk.

As an Apache pilot, it was his regular job to provide cover from above as the teams retrieved casualties from the battlefield, often under enemy fire.

Prince Harry and Meghan  announced they have signed deal with Netflix. Pictured, in a video supplied on Monday July 6, 2020 by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust

Prince Harry and Meghan  announced they have signed deal with Netflix. Pictured, in a video supplied on Monday July 6, 2020 by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust

Prince Harry and Meghan  announced they have signed deal with Netflix. Pictured, in a video supplied on Monday July 6, 2020 by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust 

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