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Prince Harry could face a ‘monumental’ tax bill unless he takes a break from his £11 million Californian mansion next month, according to experts.

The Prince moved to Los Angeles with his wife Meghan and their baby son Archie in early May after leaving a rented mansion in Vancouver, Canada, in March.

The couple were first reported to be staying at a sprawling Beverly Hills mansion owned by TV producer Tyler Perry on May 7 – meaning that, as of today, Harry has been in the US for at least 151 days. If he reaches 183 days he is legally liable to pay taxes there.

Top LA tax lawyer David Holtz last night said: ‘You can safely assume that someone at the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] is looking very closely at him. This is a big deal.’

Prince Harry moved to Los Angeles with his wife Meghan and their baby son Archie in early May after leaving a rented mansion in Vancouver, Canada, in March

Prince Harry moved to Los Angeles with his wife Meghan and their baby son Archie in early May after leaving a rented mansion in Vancouver, Canada, in March

Prince Harry moved to Los Angeles with his wife Meghan and their baby son Archie in early May after leaving a rented mansion in Vancouver, Canada, in March

Harry, 36, faces paying both US federal and Californian state taxes under the ‘substantial presence test’ that requires any foreigner who spends 183 days in the country during a three-year period to pay US taxes on worldwide earnings.

Another tax expert said: ‘Harry’s bill could be monumental and could open up a can of worms for the Royal Family because the IRS will want to know all his sources of income.

‘That’s not just his Netflix deal, but any monies he might have received in gifts from Prince Charles and any trust funds, savings accounts or other assets he has in the UK. That means the Royal books will be open to scrutiny. The US taxman is far more zealous than his UK counterpart.’

As well as earning a reported $1 million for a speech at an event for JP Morgan in February, Harry and Meghan have signed a multi-year deal with streaming giant Netflix. 

Some reports put the deal’s value at £115 million, although The Mail on Sunday understands it is worth between $3-5 million a year.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are estimated to have a joint fortune of £20 million, live in a mansion in Montecito, California, bought through a company registered to the address of Meghan’s business manager Andrew Meyer.

Experts say the Prince could face a 'monumental' tax bill unless he takes a break from his £11million mansion, as he is legally liable to pay taxes when he reaches 183 days in the US

Experts say the Prince could face a 'monumental' tax bill unless he takes a break from his £11million mansion, as he is legally liable to pay taxes when he reaches 183 days in the US

Experts say the Prince could face a ‘monumental’ tax bill unless he takes a break from his £11million mansion, as he is legally liable to pay taxes when he reaches 183 days in the US

Mr Holtz said: ‘If Harry’s been in the US for 183 days straight then he’s done. But it is safe to assume they have had lawyers and tax experts grinding away on this issue for months.’

A key factor is the type of visa on which Harry entered the US. If it is a diplomatic visa, he is exempt, but if it was a 0-1 visa for people with ‘extraordinary abilities’, then he will be liable for the same taxes in the US as everyone else.

Another accountant said: ‘Meghan is a US taxpayer and her situation hasn’t changed, but Harry will have to tell the IRS about every penny he has received. That includes paying gift tax on any monetary gifts he received from Prince Charles and he will have to show any other source of income including trust funds set up after the death of Princess Diana.’

Meanwhile, Harry last night sent a message of support for those taking part in today’s London marathon where elite athletes will compete on the course while 45,000 others runners compete ‘virtually’ on a course of their choice.

‘While we won’t be together personally we are together in spirit,’ he said. ‘And the amazing tenacity of runners from around the world is a reminder of our strength and sense of community during these difficult times.’

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Turkey earthquake: Teenager rescued from rubble of Izmir building

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Rescuers today hauled a teenager from the rubble of a devastated eight-floor apartment block as the death toll from an earthquake in Turkey and Greece soared to at least 26 with more than 800 injured.

Search teams continued their hunt for survivors on Saturday after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, toppling buildings in Izmir and triggering a small tsunami which flooded streets in Seferihisar, Turkey. 

The mini-tsunami also reached Samos, where islanders were told to avoid the coast after some fled their homes because of the quake, which was also  felt in Athens and nearby Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria. 

Last night, search and rescue teams were pictured digging through heavy blocks of concrete in a desperate attempt to locate survivors who were trapped beneath the rubble.   

Footage today captured onlookers cheering as emergency services lifted Inci Okan, 16, and her dog Fistik out of a fallen building in Izmir after the pair spent 17 hours trapped under the fallen building. 

The teenager, who was injured in the wreckage, was rushed to hospital following her rescue. 

Footage today captured onlookers cheering as emergency services lifted Inci Okan, 16, and her dog Fistik out of a fallen building in Izmir, Turkey (pictured) after the pair spent 17 hours trapped under building which toppled during an earthquake

Footage today captured onlookers cheering as emergency services lifted Inci Okan, 16, and her dog Fistik out of a fallen building in Izmir, Turkey (pictured) after the pair spent 17 hours trapped under building which toppled during an earthquake

Footage today captured onlookers cheering as emergency services lifted Inci Okan, 16, and her dog Fistik out of a fallen building in Izmir, Turkey (pictured) after the pair spent 17 hours trapped under building which toppled during an earthquake

Two other women, aged 53 and 35, were rescued from another collapsed two-storey building in Turkey. Pictured: An injured woman is carried from the rubble in Izmir

Two other women, aged 53 and 35, were rescued from another collapsed two-storey building in Turkey. Pictured: An injured woman is carried from the rubble in Izmir

Two other women, aged 53 and 35, were rescued from another collapsed two-storey building in Turkey. Pictured: An injured woman is carried from the rubble in Izmir 

Emergency services carry an injured man from the rubble of a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck

Emergency services carry an injured man from the rubble of a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck

Emergency services carry an injured man from the rubble of a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck

Emergency services today continue to search for survivors in fallen buildings across Izmir, Turkey following the disaster

Emergency services today continue to search for survivors in fallen buildings across Izmir, Turkey following the disaster

Emergency services today continue to search for survivors in fallen buildings across Izmir, Turkey following the disaster

Relatives of the missing wait as rescuers search for survivors among the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece

Relatives of the missing wait as rescuers search for survivors among the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece

Relatives of the missing wait as rescuers search for survivors among the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey’s western coast and parts of Greece

People today sit around a fire in front of their tent after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea, at Bayrakli district in Izmir, Turkey

People today sit around a fire in front of their tent after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea, at Bayrakli district in Izmir, Turkey

People today sit around a fire in front of their tent after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea, at Bayrakli district in Izmir, Turkey

At least 24 people were killed in Izmir, including an elderly woman who drowned, according to AFAD. Pictured: A survivor is lifted from a fallen building in Izmir today

At least 24 people were killed in Izmir, including an elderly woman who drowned, according to AFAD. Pictured: A survivor is lifted from a fallen building in Izmir today

At least 24 people were killed in Izmir, including an elderly woman who drowned, according to AFAD. Pictured: A survivor is lifted from a fallen building in Izmir today

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The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had an epicentre eight miles from of the Greek island of Samos

Friends and relatives remained outside the building today for news of loved ones still trapped inside, including employees of a dentist’s surgery that was located on the ground floor. 

Two other women, aged 53 and 35, were rescued from another collapsed two-storey building in Turkey. 

At least 24 people were killed in Izmir, including an elderly woman who drowned, according to AFAD. 

Two teenagers, 15 and 17, were killed on Samos after being struck by a collapsing wall as they walked home from school in Vathy. 

At least 19 people were injured on the island, with two, including a 14-year-old, airlifted to Athens and seven taken to hospitals on the island, Greek health authorities said. 

Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a fallen building this morning after an 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Izmir, Turkey on Friday

Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a fallen building this morning after an 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Izmir, Turkey on Friday

Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a fallen building this morning after an 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Izmir, Turkey on Friday 

Members of rescue services carry the body of a victim from the debris of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey today

Members of rescue services carry the body of a victim from the debris of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey today

Members of rescue services carry the body of a victim from the debris of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey today

Pictured: Rescue teams continue to search for survivors and victims in Izmir, Turkey following yesterday's earthquake

Pictured: Rescue teams continue to search for survivors and victims in Izmir, Turkey following yesterday's earthquake

Pictured: Rescue teams continue to search for survivors and victims in Izmir, Turkey following yesterday’s earthquake

Gunay Ozisik, 14, who was under the rubble, was last night rescued as rescue teams continued their search for survivors

Gunay Ozisik, 14, who was under the rubble, was last night rescued as rescue teams continued their search for survivors

Gunay Ozisik, 14, who was under the rubble, was last night rescued as rescue teams continued their search for survivors

Rescue and health workers carry a dead body from a collapsed building after an earthquake in the Aegean Sea, at Bayrakli district in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue and health workers carry a dead body from a collapsed building after an earthquake in the Aegean Sea, at Bayrakli district in Izmir, Turkey

Rescue and health workers carry a dead body from a collapsed building after an earthquake in the Aegean Sea, at Bayrakli district in Izmir, Turkey 

The earthquake, which was centred in the Aegean north-east of Samos, was felt across the eastern Greek islands and as far as Athens and in Bulgaria. Pictured: Izmir, Turkey last night

The earthquake, which was centred in the Aegean north-east of Samos, was felt across the eastern Greek islands and as far as Athens and in Bulgaria. Pictured: Izmir, Turkey last night

 The earthquake, which was centred in the Aegean north-east of Samos, was felt across the eastern Greek islands and as far as Athens and in Bulgaria. Pictured: Izmir, Turkey last night

Pictured: An injured woman is carried out of a destroyed building on a stretcher after she was found among the rubble

Pictured: An injured woman is carried out of a destroyed building on a stretcher after she was found among the rubble

Pictured: An injured woman is carried out of a destroyed building on a stretcher after she was found among the rubble

Pictured: A collapsed building

Pictured: A collapsed building

The air is filled with dust as the seven- story building collapses within moments

The air is filled with dust as the seven- story building collapses within moments

Footage from the moment the earthquake hit on Friday shows a building collapse in Turkey, filling the air with dust as those nearby rush away from the danger 

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the earthquake in the Aegean on Friday which killed at least 26 people and injured nearly 800 others in Turkey

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the earthquake in the Aegean on Friday which killed at least 26 people and injured nearly 800 others in Turkey

A destroyed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the earthquake in the Aegean on Friday which killed at least 26 people and injured nearly 800 others in Turkey

Rescuers carry an injured person from the debris of a fallen building after an earthquake in Izmir province of Turkey last night

Rescuers carry an injured person from the debris of a fallen building after an earthquake in Izmir province of Turkey last night

Rescuers carry an injured person from the debris of a fallen building after an earthquake in Izmir province of Turkey last night 

Rescue workers trying to clean the debris of a collapsed building while searching for survivors on Friday night

Rescue workers trying to clean the debris of a collapsed building while searching for survivors on Friday night

Rescue workers trying to clean the debris of a collapsed building while searching for survivors on Friday night

Malik Tahirler, 28, is rescued from wreckage of a devastated building by the search and rescue teams in Bornova district

Malik Tahirler, 28, is rescued from wreckage of a devastated building by the search and rescue teams in Bornova district

Malik Tahirler, 28, is rescued from wreckage of a devastated building by the search and rescue teams in Bornova district

Rescue operations take place on a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday

Rescue operations take place on a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday

Rescue operations take place on a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday

Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage of a toppled building in Izmir, Turkey, after the earthquake struck on Friday

Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage of a toppled building in Izmir, Turkey, after the earthquake struck on Friday

Wounded people are cut free from the wreckage of a toppled building in Izmir, Turkey, after the earthquake struck on Friday

The earthquake, which was centred in the Aegean north-east of Samos, was felt across the eastern Greek islands and as far as Athens and in Bulgaria.      

In Turkey, it shook the regions of Aegean and Marmara, including the country’s largest city Istanbul, whose governor said there were no reports of damage.

Debris was racing down Turkish streets after an apparent sea surge near Izmir where at least 17 buildings were destroyed and footage showed people climbing over the wreckage of collapsed multi-storey blocks. 

According to Turkey’s disaster agency, at least 244 aftershocks were recorded, with 24 of them being more than four on the Richter scale.

A man, who was rescued from wreckage, is seen on Friday as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building located in Bornova district

A man, who was rescued from wreckage, is seen on Friday as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building located in Bornova district

A man, who was rescued from wreckage, is seen on Friday as search and rescue works continue at debris of a building located in Bornova district 

Rescuers carry a man rescued from the debris of his collapsed house, in Izmir, Turkey on Friday

Rescuers carry a man rescued from the debris of his collapsed house, in Izmir, Turkey on Friday

Rescuers carry a man rescued from the debris of his collapsed house, in Izmir, Turkey on Friday 

Rescue operations are in place after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the coastal province of Izmir

Rescue operations are in place after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the coastal province of Izmir

Rescue operations are in place after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the coastal province of Izmir

Debris was floating along streets in high waters after the earthquake in Turkey

Debris was floating along streets in high waters after the earthquake in Turkey

Debris in flooded streets after the earthquake

Debris in flooded streets after the earthquake

Debris was racing down Turkish streets after an apparent sea surge near Izmir amid a ‘mini-tsunami’ in Turkey and Greece which followed the earthquake in the Aegean Sea on Friday 

Footage from the moment the earthquake hit on Friday shows a building collapse in Turkey, filling the air with dust as those nearby rush away from the danger.

Gokhan Kan, a 32-year-old courier, said: ‘I thought “Is it going to end?” It felt like 10 minutes, like it was never going to end.  

‘I was terrified not for myself in that moment but for my family, my wife and four-year-old son.’       

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centred in the Aegean at a depth of 10.3 miles. 

Interior minister Suleyman Soylu initially said six buildings had collapsed in two parts of Izmir, while mayor Tunc Soyer said nearly 20 buildings had collapsed in the province. It was later reported 17 buildings had fallen in Izmir.

At one site, Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli managed to establish mobile phone contact with a girl buried under the debris.

‘We ask you to remain calm,’ he told her in televised footage. ‘We will try to lift the concrete block and reach you.’   

Rescue workers and local volunteers carry a wounded person on a stretcher after they were found in the debris of a building

Rescue workers and local volunteers carry a wounded person on a stretcher after they were found in the debris of a building

Rescue workers and local volunteers carry a wounded person on a stretcher after they were found in the debris of a building

Search and rescue teams work their way through the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the country was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake

Search and rescue teams work their way through the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the country was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake

Search and rescue teams work their way through the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, after the country was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake

The rubble of a flattened building is seen from the air as night falls over Izmir, Turkey, after the city was hit by an earthquake

The rubble of a flattened building is seen from the air as night falls over Izmir, Turkey, after the city was hit by an earthquake

The rubble of a flattened building is seen from the air as night falls over Izmir, Turkey, after the city was hit by an earthquake

Heavy lifting machinery is used to sift the rubble of a collapsed building in Izimir, Turkey, after it was hit by an earthquake

Heavy lifting machinery is used to sift the rubble of a collapsed building in Izimir, Turkey, after it was hit by an earthquake

Heavy lifting machinery is used to sift the rubble of a collapsed building in Izimir, Turkey, after it was hit by an earthquake

Dozens of buildings have been reported to be destroyed from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Turkey and Greece

Dozens of buildings have been reported to be destroyed from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Turkey and Greece

Dozens of buildings have been reported to be destroyed from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Turkey and Greece

Rescue teams search through the debris of a collapsed building in Bayrakli district following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake

Rescue teams search through the debris of a collapsed building in Bayrakli district following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake

Rescue teams search through the debris of a collapsed building in Bayrakli district following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake

Search and rescue works continue to be carried out at debris of a building located in Bayrakli district after an earthquake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast

Search and rescue works continue to be carried out at debris of a building located in Bayrakli district after an earthquake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast

Search and rescue works continue to be carried out at debris of a building located in Bayrakli district after an earthquake shook Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast 

Flooding on the Greek island of Samos where sea water covered a square after a sea surge came in the wake of the tremor

Flooding on the Greek island of Samos where sea water covered a square after a sea surge came in the wake of the tremor

Flooding on the Greek island of Samos where sea water covered a square after a sea surge came in the wake of the tremor 

A statue of a lion looks over a flooded square with benches and trees surrounded by water at the Greek port of Vathi

A statue of a lion looks over a flooded square with benches and trees surrounded by water at the Greek port of Vathi

A statue of a lion looks over a flooded square with benches and trees surrounded by water at the Greek port of Vathi 

A Greek Orthodox church was damaged in the town of Karlovasi after the island of Samos was hit by today's earthquake

A Greek Orthodox church was damaged in the town of Karlovasi after the island of Samos was hit by today's earthquake

A Greek Orthodox church was damaged in the town of Karlovasi after the island of Samos was hit by today’s earthquake 

Greek firefighters look at a building which was knocked out of shape by the earthquake which hit the island of Samos today

Greek firefighters look at a building which was knocked out of shape by the earthquake which hit the island of Samos today

Greek firefighters look at a building which was knocked out of shape by the earthquake which hit the island of Samos today 

An injured person is surrounded by medical helpers after being cut free from the wreckage in Izmir's Bayrakli disrict today

An injured person is surrounded by medical helpers after being cut free from the wreckage in Izmir's Bayrakli disrict today

An injured person is surrounded by medical helpers after being cut free from the wreckage in Izmir’s Bayrakli disrict today

People surround the claw of an excavator as they search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir today

People surround the claw of an excavator as they search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir today

People surround the claw of an excavator as they search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir today 

People wearing masks look at an injured person being put on a stretcher as victims were taken for medical help in Izmir

People wearing masks look at an injured person being put on a stretcher as victims were taken for medical help in Izmir

People wearing masks look at an injured person being put on a stretcher as victims were taken for medical help in Izmir 

Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey

Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey

Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey

People look at a building which was knocked precariously off-balance by the earthquake which struck on Friday afternoon

People look at a building which was knocked precariously off-balance by the earthquake which struck on Friday afternoon

People look at a building which was knocked precariously off-balance by the earthquake which struck on Friday afternoon 

The rescue operation begins as people climb over the wreckage of a collapsed building following the powerful earthquake

The rescue operation begins as people climb over the wreckage of a collapsed building following the powerful earthquake

The rescue operation begins as people climb over the wreckage of a collapsed building following the powerful earthquake 

An aerial vivew of a pile of rubble in Turkey with dozens of rescuers and emergency workers on the scene as the light faded

An aerial vivew of a pile of rubble in Turkey with dozens of rescuers and emergency workers on the scene as the light faded

An aerial vivew of a pile of rubble in Turkey with dozens of rescuers and emergency workers on the scene as the light faded 

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of  building in Izmir, Turkey, after an earthquake that killed at least twelve

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of  building in Izmir, Turkey, after an earthquake that killed at least twelve

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of  building in Izmir, Turkey, after an earthquake that killed at least twelve

A small tsunami struck the Seferisar district of Izmir, said Haluk Ozener, director of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute.  

Pictures from the Turkish disaster zone show smoke blowing over the city of Izmir, debris washed away by high waters, and dazed people trying to make their way through rubble piled high on the streets. 

There were 38 ambulances, two ambulance helicopters and 35 medical rescue teams on the ground in Izmir late on Friday, where TV footage showed police using chainsaws as they tried to force their way through the rubble. 

Local media said 70 people had been rescued alive from the debris. 

Turkish media said the earthquake was felt across the regions of Aegean and Marmara, where Istanbul is located. However, Istanbul’s governor said there were no reports of damage. 

Soylu said there were no reports of casualties from six other provinces where the earthquake was felt but added there were small cracks in some buildings. 

Ilke Cide, a doctoral student who was in Izmir’s Guzelbahce region during the earthquake, said he went inland after waters rose after the earthquake. 

‘I am very used to earthquakes… so I didn’t take it very seriously at first but this time it was really scary,’ he said, adding the earthquake had lasted for at least 25 to 30 seconds. 

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher through a crowd of people at the scene of the disaster in the Bayrakli district

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher through a crowd of people at the scene of the disaster in the Bayrakli district

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher through a crowd of people at the scene of the disaster in the Bayrakli district 

A man puts a mask over his face by the side of an emergency vehicle in the Bayrakli district during search and rescue works

A man puts a mask over his face by the side of an emergency vehicle in the Bayrakli district during search and rescue works

A man puts a mask over his face by the side of an emergency vehicle in the Bayrakli district during search and rescue works

A huge crowd of locals and emergency officials search the debris of one of the collapsed buildings in Izmir today

A huge crowd of locals and emergency officials search the debris of one of the collapsed buildings in Izmir today

A huge crowd of locals and emergency officials search the debris of one of the collapsed buildings in Izmir today 

People look at the collapsed facade of a building in Izmir today with emergency services responding to Friday's disaster

People look at the collapsed facade of a building in Izmir today with emergency services responding to Friday's disaster

People look at the collapsed facade of a building in Izmir today with emergency services responding to Friday’s disaster 

Seawater floods a shop at the port town of Vathy following a mini-tsunami caused by the earthquake on the island of Samo

Seawater floods a shop at the port town of Vathy following a mini-tsunami caused by the earthquake on the island of Samo

Seawater floods a shop at the port town of Vathy following a mini-tsunami caused by the earthquake on the island of Samo

A car is barely above water while a chair is partly submerged in a road in Vathi today after high waters brought by the quake

A car is barely above water while a chair is partly submerged in a road in Vathi today after high waters brought by the quake

A car is barely above water while a chair is partly submerged in a road in Vathi today after high waters brought by the quake 

People walk past a damaged house on the Greek island of Samos where at least two people were killed in Friday's earthquake

People walk past a damaged house on the Greek island of Samos where at least two people were killed in Friday's earthquake

People walk past a damaged house on the Greek island of Samos where at least two people were killed in Friday’s earthquake

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that ‘with all the means of our state, we stand by our citizens affected by the earthquake’. 

‘We have taken action to start the necessary work in the region with all our relevant institutions and ministers,’ he added. 

Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis later spoke to Erdogan to offer condolences for the victims in Turkey, saying that ‘whatever our differences, these are the times when our people need to stand together’.

‘Erdogan tweeted: “Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. That two neighbours show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life.”‘ 

France, which has been locked in an angry row with Turkey in recent weeks, also offered its ‘full solidarity’ with both Turkey and Greece. 

Tensions between Ankara and Paris had reached a peak last weekend when President Erdogan questioned the mental health of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.  

Cars are covered in dirt at a quake-damaged site in Izmir shortly after the 7.0-magnitude pummelled Greece and Turkey

Cars are covered in dirt at a quake-damaged site in Izmir shortly after the 7.0-magnitude pummelled Greece and Turkey

Cars are covered in dirt at a quake-damaged site in Izmir shortly after the 7.0-magnitude pummelled Greece and Turkey

Buildings overlook a mountain of rubble while a car's bonnet is covered in grime following the earthquake in Izmir

Buildings overlook a mountain of rubble while a car's bonnet is covered in grime following the earthquake in Izmir

Buildings overlook a mountain of rubble while a car’s bonnet is covered in grime following the earthquake in Izmir  

A woman holds her head as she looks at the ruins in Izmir while an excavator begins the clean-up operation in the Turkish city

A woman holds her head as she looks at the ruins in Izmir while an excavator begins the clean-up operation in the Turkish city

A woman holds her head as she looks at the ruins in Izmir while an excavator begins the clean-up operation in the Turkish city

Search and rescue works underway in Izmir on Friday with Turkish flags hanging from two nearby windows in the coastal city

Search and rescue works underway in Izmir on Friday with Turkish flags hanging from two nearby windows in the coastal city

Search and rescue works underway in Izmir on Friday with Turkish flags hanging from two nearby windows in the coastal city 

A car submerged on Turkey's Aegean Sea coastline yesterday after the mini-tsunami which followed the huge earthquake

A car submerged on Turkey's Aegean Sea coastline yesterday after the mini-tsunami which followed the huge earthquake

A car submerged on Turkey’s Aegean Sea coastline yesterday after the mini-tsunami which followed the huge earthquake 

People stand on the flooded promenade of the port town of Vathy following the earthquake in Greece on Friday

People stand on the flooded promenade of the port town of Vathy following the earthquake in Greece on Friday

People stand on the flooded promenade of the port town of Vathy following the earthquake in Greece on Friday

Boats anchored to the coast are seen damaged after the earthquake caused an apparent sea surge and resulted in flooding

Boats anchored to the coast are seen damaged after the earthquake caused an apparent sea surge and resulted in flooding

Boats anchored to the coast are seen damaged after the earthquake caused an apparent sea surge and resulted in flooding 

A group of women wearing masks look at phones as they stand outside their homes following the earthquake in Turkey

A group of women wearing masks look at phones as they stand outside their homes following the earthquake in Turkey

A group of women wearing masks look at phones as they stand outside their homes following the earthquake in Turkey 

A massive search and rescue operation underway in Izmir after the 7.0-magnitude quake barrelled into Turkey and Greece

A massive search and rescue operation underway in Izmir after the 7.0-magnitude quake barrelled into Turkey and Greece

A massive search and rescue operation underway in Izmir after the 7.0-magnitude quake barrelled into Turkey and Greece

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake had an epicentre eight miles from Samos, where the island’s 45,000 people were urged to stay away from coastal areas. 

Greece’s top seismologist Eftyhmis Lekkas told Greek media: ‘It was a very big earthquake, it’s difficult to have a bigger one.’

A tsunami warning was issued, with residents of the Samos area told to stay away from the coast while water rose above the dock in the main harbour of Samos and flooded the street. 

Media reports yesterday said two victims of the earthquake, the first to be reported in Greece, were aged 15 and 17, and were walking home from school in the port of Vathy when disaster struck.

‘Two unconscious youngsters were pulled from the rubble of a collapsed wall and taken to hospital for identification,’ the fire service said. 

Boats were carried out from a harbour in Turkey

Boats were carried out from a harbour in Turkey

Debris floating in flooded streets

Debris floating in flooded streets

Boats were carried out from a harbour in Turkey (left) where debris was also seen floating along flooded streets (right)

Smoke over the city of Izmir which appeared to have taken the heaviest damage of the earthquake on the Turkish side

Smoke over the city of Izmir which appeared to have taken the heaviest damage of the earthquake on the Turkish side

Smoke over the city of Izmir which appeared to have taken the heaviest damage of the earthquake on the Turkish side 

Damaged buildings are seen after a 7.0-magnitude quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Seferihisar district of Izmir

Damaged buildings are seen after a 7.0-magnitude quake shook Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in Seferihisar district of Izmir

Damaged buildings are seen after a 7.0-magnitude quake shook Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast, in Seferihisar district of Izmir

Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district, Izmir

Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district, Izmir

Search and rescue works are being conducted at debris of a building in Bayrakli district, Izmir

At least 19 people were injured on the island, with two, including a 14-year-old, airlifted to Athens and seven taken to hospitals on the island, Greek health authorities said. 

‘We have never experienced anything like it,’ said one local official. ‘People are panicking.’ 

Police said there was damage to some old buildings on the island.  

Greece and Turkey are both situated in one of the world’s most active earthquake zones. In 1999, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey’s northwest, killing more than 17,000 people, including 1,000 in Istanbul.

Another quake in 2011 in the southeastern province of Van resulted in more than 600 deaths. In Greece, the last deadly quake killed two people on the island of Kos, near Samos, in July 2017. 

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James Bond legend Sir Sean Connery has died in his sleep aged 90 following a long illness, his family have announced.

Tributes have been pouring in for the Oscar-winning actor who passed away in the Bahamas and leaves behind his wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stefan.

A statement from Sir Sean’s publicist said: ‘His wife Micheline and his two sons, Jason and Stephane, have confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family.

‘There will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial yet to be planned once the virus has ended.’

Jason told the BBC: ‘We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

‘A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.

Sir Sean, whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971.

He was today hailed as ‘the world’s greatest Scot and last of the real Hollywood stars’ as the acting community and beyond rallied to remember him.

Sir Sean Connery, who is best known for playing James Bond, died today

Sir Sean Connery, who is best known for playing James Bond, died today

Sir Sean Connery, who is best known for playing James Bond, died today

Sir Sean Connery, who is best known for playing James Bond, died today

Sir Sean Connery, who is best known for playing James Bond, died today

Tributes have been pouring in for the Oscar-winning actor who passed away in the Bahamas and leaves behind his wife Micheline (pictured in New York four years ago)

Tributes have been pouring in for the Oscar-winning actor who passed away in the Bahamas and leaves behind his wife Micheline (pictured in New York four years ago)

Tributes have been pouring in for the Oscar-winning actor who passed away in the Bahamas and leaves behind his wife Micheline (pictured in New York four years ago)

Sir Sean, whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971

Sir Sean, whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971

Sir Sean, whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971

Sir Sean frequently tops polls as the best Bond to have played the role following his part in Dr No (pictured with Ursula Andress), From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

Sir Sean frequently tops polls as the best Bond to have played the role following his part in Dr No (pictured with Ursula Andress), From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

Sir Sean frequently tops polls as the best Bond to have played the role following his part in Dr No (pictured with Ursula Andress), From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

Sir Sean frequently tops polls as the best Bond to have played the role following his part in Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

Through the official James Bond Twitter page, the incumbent 007 Daniel Craig led the tributes: Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.

‘He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to Sir Sean in a statement: ‘We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Connery.

‘He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words – ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ – he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.

‘He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.’

Hugh Jackman tweeted: I grew up idolizing Connery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace.’

Sir Sean was knighted by the Queen in 2000 and celebrated his 90th birthday in August.

A fierce nationalist, he banged the drum for Scottish Independence ahead of the 2014 referendum and befriended key SNP figures.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond today described his friend Sir Sean as ‘the world’s greatest Scot, the last of the real Hollywood stars, the definitive Bond.’

His successor Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.

‘Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.

‘Sean will be remembered best as James Bond – the classic 007 – but his roles were many and varied. He was a global legend but, first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot – his towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and in 1999 showed his love for the country of his birth.’

After Bond catapulted him to acting superstadom he went on to forge a glittering career and won an Oscar in 1988 for his part playing an Irish policeman in The Untouchables

After Bond catapulted him to acting superstadom he went on to forge a glittering career and won an Oscar in 1988 for his part playing an Irish policeman in The Untouchables

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Bafta awards 1988

After Bond catapulted him to acting superstadom he went on to forge a glittering career and won an Oscar in 1988 (left) for his part playing an Irish policeman in The Untouchables and a Bafta (right)

Sir Sean (pictured in 1963) whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971

Sir Sean (pictured in 1963) whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971

Sir Sean (pictured in 1963) whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971

Sir Sean in the first James Bond film Dr No in 1962, during a scene with Zena Marshall

Sir Sean in the first James Bond film Dr No in 1962, during a scene with Zena Marshall

Sir Sean in the first James Bond film Dr No in 1962, during a scene with Zena Marshall

Born Thomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge area on August 25 1930, the actor left school at an early age and took his first job as a milkman.

At 16 he enlisted in the Royal Navy but was discharged three years later on medical grounds after suffering a stomach ulcer.

His first major step into acting came in 1957 when he secured a role in the British gangster film No Road Back.

He has two tattoos from this time – one reading ‘Mum and Dad’ and another ‘Scotland Forever’.

The keen bodybuilder then undertook a variety of jobs, including a stint as a bricklayer, a lifeguard and an artist’s model for the Edinburgh College of Art. Under the name Thom Connery he was placed third in the tall man’s division (he was 6ft 2in) of the 1950 Mr Universe contest.

The stage came calling when a friend suggested he try out for a production of South Pacific. He got a part in the sailors’ chorus and so began his acting career.

He was also a gifted footballer. While touring with the musical, he was offered a contract by former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby, who saw him play in a friendly against a local side.

His first major acting credit came in 1957 British gangster film No Road Back.

It was author Ian Fleming’s suave and sophisticated secret service agent that launched Sir Sean to stardom.

Fleming was initially resistant to the idea of Sir Sean playing his character. He thought the Scot was an ‘overgrown stuntman’ who was not refined enough for the role.

He was later so impressed with his performance that he created a Scottish ancestry for the character in his subsequent books.

Claudine Auger standing with Sean Connery in the water in a scene from the film 'Thunderball', 1965

Claudine Auger standing with Sean Connery in the water in a scene from the film 'Thunderball', 1965

Claudine Auger standing with Sean Connery in the water in a scene from the film ‘Thunderball’, 1965

Sean Connery accompanies his wife Micheline Roquebrune  to Athinais gallery to open an exhibition of her paintings in Athens, Greece, 2001

Sean Connery accompanies his wife Micheline Roquebrune  to Athinais gallery to open an exhibition of her paintings in Athens, Greece, 2001

Sean Connery accompanies his wife Micheline Roquebrune  to Athinais gallery to open an exhibition of her paintings in Athens, Greece, 2001

He is also fondly remembered for his part two years later as the father of Harrison Ford's whip-cracking hero in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the third instalment in the hugely popular franchise

He is also fondly remembered for his part two years later as the father of Harrison Ford's whip-cracking hero in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the third instalment in the hugely popular franchise

He is also fondly remembered for his part two years later as the father of Harrison Ford’s whip-cracking hero in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the third instalment in the hugely popular franchise

Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from the United Artists film 'Goldfinger' in 1964

Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from the United Artists film 'Goldfinger' in 1964

Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from the United Artists film ‘Goldfinger’ in 1964

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Sir Sean played Bond in seven films – Dr No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

He quit the role after You Only Live Twice, frustrated by the repetitive plots, but was enticed back after his successor George Lazenby failed to make the grade.

Most of his subsequent successes were as part of ensemble casts, in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, Murder On The Orient Express and A Bridge Too Far.

In the 1980s a slipping career was revived with The Untouchables (1987), with his role as a tough gangbusting Irish policeman winning him an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Future Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington were also nominated in the category that year.

He is also fondly remembered for his part two years later as the father of Harrison Ford’s whip-cracking hero in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the third instalment in the hugely popular franchise.

Sir Sean could by now command massive fees and gained a reputation as a ruthless contract negotiator. He hated the idea of being manipulated by the film industry and was regularly embroiled in lawsuits.

In 1989 the US magazine People voted him Sexiest Man Alive, to which the 59-year-old replied: ‘Well, there aren’t many sexy dead men, are there?’

The 1990s brought performances in The Hunt For Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996) and Entrapment, the 1999 love story/thriller with Catherine Zeta-Jones, which Sir Sean also produced.

By now he was firmly regarded as an elder statesman of the film industry and in 2000 was knighted by the Queen – an honour said to have been delayed by his vocal support for the Scottish National Party (SNP).

In the 1980s a slipping career was revived with The Untouchables (1987), with his role as a tough gangbusting Irish policeman winning him an Academy Award for best supporting actor

In the 1980s a slipping career was revived with The Untouchables (1987), with his role as a tough gangbusting Irish policeman winning him an Academy Award for best supporting actor

In the 1980s a slipping career was revived with The Untouchables (1987), with his role as a tough gangbusting Irish policeman winning him an Academy Award for best supporting actor

Sir Sean, once voted the 'greatest living Scot', received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, when he confirmed his retirement from acting

Sir Sean, once voted the 'greatest living Scot', received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, when he confirmed his retirement from acting

Sir Sean, once voted the ‘greatest living Scot’, received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, when he confirmed his retirement from acting

Sir Sean, once voted the ‘greatest living Scot’, received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, when he confirmed his retirement from acting.

Throughout his career he remained relatively guarded about his private life but was forced to deny claims of domestic abuse made by his first wife, the Australian actress Diane Cilento, before her death in 2011.

He was plagued by criticism of remarks he allegedly made in a Vanity Fair interview in 1993 when he suggested there were women who ‘want a smack’.

Sir Sean was reported as saying: ‘There are women who take it to the wire. That’s what they are looking for, the ultimate confrontation.’

He and Cilento were married for 11 years and had one son, the actor Jason Connery.

Sir Sean is succeed by Jason and his second wife, French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975 and who regularly accompanied him on the red carpet.

In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University for the achievements throughout his career.

He appeared relaxed and in good health during his last public appearance, when he turned out to support fellow Scotsman Andy Murray at the US Open in September 2012.

The tennis star was shocked when Sir Sean and Sir Alex Ferguson gatecrashed a post-match press conference in New York and posed for pictures with him and his mother Judy.

As one of the most high-profile supporters of Scottish independence, many expected Sir Sean to make an appearance on the campaign trail in the run-up to the historic vote on September 18 2014.

His words were used to galvanise support at the launch of the Yes campaign two years previously, when the star declared in a message: ‘The people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future.’

The death of the 90-year-old was confirmed by his family on Saturday.

‘He helped create the modern blockbuster’: 007 Daniel Craig leads A-list tributes to iconic Bond Sir Sean Connery following his death at 90 

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It was announced on Saturday that James Bond legend Sir Sean Connery died in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas aged 90 following a long illness.

Celebrities from across the showbiz world paid tribute to the iconic actor following news of his tragic passing, with many calling him a ‘legend’ and the ‘best ever’ 007 to grace the screen.

Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, and Salma Hayek, lead the those sharing gushing messages of farewell to the star, with the No Time To Die star sharing a statement via the franchise’s official Twitter page that read: ‘It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.

'He helped create the modern blockbuster': 007 Daniel Craig led the A-list tributes to iconic Bond Sir Sean Connery following his death at 90 on Saturday

'He helped create the modern blockbuster': 007 Daniel Craig led the A-list tributes to iconic Bond Sir Sean Connery following his death at 90 on Saturday

An icon: It was announced on Saturday that James Bond legend Connery died in his sleep aged 90 following a long illness

An icon: It was announced on Saturday that James Bond legend Connery died in his sleep aged 90 following a long illness

‘He helped create the modern blockbuster’: 007 Daniel Craig (pictured in Skyfall) led the A-list tributes to iconic Bond Sir Sean Connery (pictured in From Russia With Love) following his death at 90 on Saturday

‘Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.

‘He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.’

The Wolverine actor also paid his respects to Connery, writing on Twitter: ‘I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace.’

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Icon: The No Time To Die star sharing a statement via the franchise's official Twitter page that read: 'Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style'

Icon: The No Time To Die star sharing a statement via the franchise's official Twitter page that read: 'Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style'

Icon: The No Time To Die star sharing a statement via the franchise’s official Twitter page that read: ‘Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style’

Inspiration: Hugh Jackman also paid his respects to Connery, writing on Twitter: 'I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace'

Inspiration: Hugh Jackman also paid his respects to Connery, writing on Twitter: 'I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace'

Inspiration: Hugh Jackman also paid his respects to Connery, writing on Twitter: ‘I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace’

Tribute: Salma Hayek shared a snap of Connery looking reflective in a black-and-white snap to her Instagram, saying: 'It saddens me that today the legendary Sean Connery passed away

Tribute: Salma Hayek shared a snap of Connery looking reflective in a black-and-white snap to her Instagram, saying: 'It saddens me that today the legendary Sean Connery passed away

Tribute: Salma Hayek shared a snap of Connery looking reflective in a black-and-white snap to her Instagram, saying: ‘It saddens me that today the legendary Sean Connery passed away

Salma shared a snap of Connery looking reflective in a black-and-white snap to her Instagram, saying: ‘It saddens me that today the legendary Sean Connery passed away.

‘At least he lived to be 90. My heart goes out to his close ones. May he rest in peace.’

Elizabeth Hurley took to her social media to share a snap of Connery during his Bond heyday, as he read a book on a yacht while dressed in a pair of shorts, and she gushed: ‘RIP the glorious Sean Connery.’

Star Trek actor George Takei said of the Oscar-winning actor: ‘Sean Connery was a movie legend, even far into his golden years. Our strongest Bonds were formed by him, and he was Untouchable. He passed today at age 90, a suave hero to the end.’

While Sam Neill, who starred with Connery in The Hunt For Red October, reminisced of their time together: ‘Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power- that was utterly unique to Sean . RIP that great man, that great actor.’

Elton John shared a picture of him and his husband David Furnish posing with Connery and his wife Micheline Roquebrune, and wrote: ‘A true screen legend.’

Director Edgar Wright also paid tribute to Connery, sharing a lengthy tribute which began: ‘It says something for the extraordinary charisma of this Edinburgh lad to have created the most iconic character in film & then, rather than be typecast by it, become equally famous for just being Sean Connery. A real screen legend; oft imitated (by all!) but never equalled.

‘Though all of his Bond instalments are fun and two are among my favs of the series (From Russia With Love & Goldfinger), here are some non Bond Connery films I dearly love; Hell Drivers (a supporting role, but a badass flick), The Frightened City (clearly a dry run for Bond)

‘Hitchcock’s Marnie, Sidney Lumet’s The Hill, The Anderson Tapes & The Offence, the bonkers Zardoz, John Huston’s rollicking The Man Who Would Be King, Richard Lester’s elegiac Robin & Marian, his cameo in Time Bandits, but let’s not forget of course his amazing last act…

‘From charming immortal Ramirez to Henry Jones Sr, from being the rock in the centre of the best Michael Bay film to his incredible Oscar winning turn as Malone in The Untouchables, Sean Connery had a hell of a run. Have a vodka martini & a dram of whiskey for him tonight.’

Connery leaves behind his wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stefan, Jason told the BBC his father had been surrounded by ‘many of his family’ who could make it to the Caribbean when he died.

He said: ‘We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

‘A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.’

Sir Sean, whose movie career spans five decades, is best known for the first to portray the role of British fictional spy 007 who he played between 1962–1971.

Sir Sean frequently tops polls as the best Bond to have played the role following his part in Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to Sir Sean in a statement: ‘We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Connery.

‘He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words – ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ – he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.

He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.’

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One of Britain’s most endangered spiders, the Great Fox, has been sighted for the first time in more than a quarter of a century. 

Conservationists report the sighting of 22 Great Fox spiders in total, including 10 mature males and one mature female, which measures just over two inches (55mm) in diameter including its hairy, spiny legs. 

The specimens were found on a Ministry of Defence (MoD) training area in Surrey by Mike Waite, spider enthusiast at Surrey Wildlife Trust. 

The Great Fox (alopecosa fabrilis) is listed as ‘critically endangered’ and was feared extinct in the UK as it hadn’t been spotted since 1993. 

The species has excellent eyesight, camouflage and speed and is an opportunistic predator that hunts at night, the Trust says. 

It is named for its fox-like habit of chasing down prey across sandy terrain, gravel and rocks before pouncing and capturing it on the run. 

Prey, including insects such as beetles, ants and smaller spiders, are immobilised after the Great Fox injects them with venom, which liquefies their internal organs. 

Great Fox-Spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision provided by eight black eyes on its head. Pictured, one of the males

Great Fox-Spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision provided by eight black eyes on its head. Pictured, one of the males

Great Fox-Spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision provided by eight black eyes on its head. Pictured, one of the males

22 GREAT FOX SPIDERS FOUND IN SURREY

22 Great Fox spiders were found in total:

Three females 

– One adult female measuring just over two inches (55mm) in diameter

– Two immature females

19 males

– 10 adult males

– Nine immature males

The specimens were found in August and September this year on different visits, around the same location.

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The spider is then ready to feast on its catch using its strong, fang-bearing front appendages called chelicerae. 

Waite had never given up hope that he might find the monster spider and spent hours late at night searching with a torch over the last two years.  

The specimens were finally found on MoD land managed by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. 

‘The spider is at the very edge of its range in the UK, which accounts for its super rarity here,’ said Waite. 

‘This formidable-looking creature is an impressive beast, perfectly camouflaged and also largely nocturnal, and for all its size it has been remarkably elusive.

‘I am naturally over the moon to have finally proved the continued existence of the Great Fox spider in the UK. 

‘Although I’ve always held a latent interest in spiders, as a bona-fide arachnologist, I am still a relative newbie, so am doubly pleased to have made this important contribution to our scientific knowledge.’ 

The species, which is ground dwelling and largely nocturnal, is one of the largest of the wolf spider Lycosidae family. 

For shelter, it digs burrows or holes under rocks and logs and make a silk-lined burrow as a retreat for the winter. 

In all, 22 spiders were found, including the one large mature female and 10 mature males. 

Jo Foat at Surrey Wildlife Trust told MailOnline: ‘Males have a slightly smaller body and longer legs but are the same size.

Pictured, the mature female. In all, 22 spiders were found, including the large mature female and 10 mature males

Pictured, the mature female. In all, 22 spiders were found, including the large mature female and 10 mature males

Pictured, the mature female. In all, 22 spiders were found, including the large mature female and 10 mature males

Pictured, Mike Waite from Surrey Wildlife Trust in search of the Great Fox spider, which was last sighted  in 1993

Pictured, Mike Waite from Surrey Wildlife Trust in search of the Great Fox spider, which was last sighted  in 1993

Pictured, Mike Waite from Surrey Wildlife Trust in search of the Great Fox spider, which was last sighted  in 1993

‘The Great Fox spider is big and bulky in terms of the size of its body and thickness of legs. 

‘It’s about the same size as a giant house spider but this has a smaller body and longer, skinnier legs.’ 

Great Fox spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision thanks to eight incredible black eyes on their head, or cephalothorax.

Two large eyes glint from the top of the head, another two eyes stare out the front and four smaller eyes form a row just above the spider’s mouth. 

‘The prefix “Great” doesn’t seem to do it justice – maybe it should be the Fabulous, or Fantastic Fox-Spider,’ said Nick Baker, naturalist, TV presenter and president of the British Arachnological Society.

Pictured, another male. The Great Fox-Spider is Red-listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ and was feared extinct in the UK as it had only ever been found at three sites, two in Dorset and the other in Surrey, but hadn’t been seen since the early 1990s

Pictured, another male. The Great Fox-Spider is Red-listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ and was feared extinct in the UK as it had only ever been found at three sites, two in Dorset and the other in Surrey, but hadn’t been seen since the early 1990s

Pictured, another male. The Great Fox-Spider is Red-listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ and was feared extinct in the UK as it had only ever been found at three sites, two in Dorset and the other in Surrey, but hadn’t been seen since the early 1990s

‘Even if the back story of its rarity and its rediscovery wasn’t taken into count, this spider is mega. 

‘It’s about as handsome as a spider gets, it’s big and now it’s officially a member of the British fauna again. 

The rediscovery of the Great Fox spider is indeed the most exciting thing to happen in wildlife circles for quite some time. Glad it’s in safe hands.’   

The species had only ever been found at three sites – two in Dorset and one in Surrey – but hadn’t been seen again until 2020.  

Waite now plans to continue his study to gauge the size of the Great Fox population.  

Mature female. The species is ground dwelling and largely nocturnal but Mike Waite, spider enthusiast at Surrey Wildlife Trust, had never given up hope that he might find the monster spider

Mature female. The species is ground dwelling and largely nocturnal but Mike Waite, spider enthusiast at Surrey Wildlife Trust, had never given up hope that he might find the monster spider

Mature female. The species is ground dwelling and largely nocturnal but Mike Waite, spider enthusiast at Surrey Wildlife Trust, had never given up hope that he might find the monster spider

Mature female. With excellent eyesight, camouflage and speed, the Great Fox-Spider Alopecosa fabrilis is one of the largest of the Wolf-Spider Lycosidae family of spiders

Mature female. With excellent eyesight, camouflage and speed, the Great Fox-Spider Alopecosa fabrilis is one of the largest of the Wolf-Spider Lycosidae family of spiders

Mature female. With excellent eyesight, camouflage and speed, the Great Fox-Spider Alopecosa fabrilis is one of the largest of the Wolf-Spider Lycosidae family of spiders

Mature female. Not only incredibly agile and fast running, Great Fox-Spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision provided by eight black eyes on its head, or cephalothorax

Mature female. Not only incredibly agile and fast running, Great Fox-Spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision provided by eight black eyes on its head, or cephalothorax

Mature female. Not only incredibly agile and fast running, Great Fox-Spiders have excellent eyesight with wrap-around vision provided by eight black eyes on its head, or cephalothorax

Male. Great Fox-Spiders immobilize their prey, including insects such as beetles, ants and smaller spiders, by injecting them with venom, which liquifies the internal organs of the insect

Male. Great Fox-Spiders immobilize their prey, including insects such as beetles, ants and smaller spiders, by injecting them with venom, which liquifies the internal organs of the insect

Male. Great Fox-Spiders immobilize their prey, including insects such as beetles, ants and smaller spiders, by injecting them with venom, which liquifies the internal organs of the insect

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