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Unearthed drawing of a weeping young Henry VIII

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He is known as one of England’s most fearsome monarchs and an ‘unfeeling’ single-minded ruler who had no qualms about divorcing two of his wives and even beheading a further two.

But Henry VIII was not unaffected by grief, having been left ‘heartbroken’ by his mother’s death as a child, according to a new documentary about the infamous Tudor autocrat.

Henry VIII, which airs on Channel 5 at 9pm tonight, reveals an unearthed drawing depicting the 10-year-old royal ‘weeping’ by his mother’s beside after her death.

Appearing on the programme, author and historian Lauren Johnson suggests the piece proves that the king, who ruled England for 36 years from 1509 until his death in 1547, wasn’t without emotions despite what is often believed. 

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Henry VIII was not unaffected by grief, having been left 'heartbroken' by his mother's death as a child, according to a new documentary about the infamous Tudor autocrat which airs tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm

Henry VIII was not unaffected by grief, having been left ‘heartbroken’ by his mother’s death as a child, according to a new documentary about the infamous Tudor autocrat which airs tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm 

According to Lauren, Henry VIII was ‘unusually close to his mother’, in part because he was largely ignored by his father, who did not pay attention to him because he was not the heir to the throne.

Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales was the first born child of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York and the elder brother of Henry VIII, but he died of a mysterious illness when he was 15. 

Lauren explains: ‘[Henry VIII’s] mother seems to have taken a real care for the education of her son.

‘For a royal princess to grow up in this sort of environment wasn’t that unusual, for a royal prince however it was a little bit strange.

Henry VIII, which airs on Channel 5 at 9pm tonight, reveals an unearthed drawing (above) depicting the royal's emotional reaction to his mother's passing when he was just 10 years old

Henry VIII, which airs on Channel 5 at 9pm tonight, reveals an unearthed drawing (above) depicting the royal’s emotional reaction to his mother’s passing when he was just 10 years old

‘It just goes to show how unimportant Henry was really in the line of succession.’

However, when the future monarch was just 10 years old, his older brother unexpectedly died, leaving him as heir to the throne.

To make matters worse, his mother died just months later. 

The programme reveals a painting depicting the ruler shortly after his beloved parent’s passing.  

Appearing on the programme, author and historian Lauren Johnson suggests the piece proves that the king (above), who ruled England for 36 years from 1509 until his death in 1547, wasn't without emotions despite what is often believed

Appearing on the programme, author and historian Lauren Johnson suggests the piece proves that the king (above), who ruled England for 36 years from 1509 until his death in 1547, wasn’t without emotions despite what is often believed

Lauren says: ‘Recently this remarkable survival from Henry’s childhood has been revealed to us and it’s incredibly exciting.

‘For a long time it was just thought this was any old page in a illuminated manuscript but when we look behind this figure of Henry VII, there we see Henry VIII, which he later became, as just a boy.

‘This weeping child on the edge of an empty bed of that of his mother. He can’t contain his emotions – his head is thrown into his hands in despair.’

The historian adds: ‘We imagine Henry VIII being as someone that maybe didn’t feel emotion, who wasn’t affected by grief, but we can see in the reaction to his mother’s death that it really broke his heart. 

‘He was now the heir to the throne and he didn’t have his mother to guide him.

‘He instead had a very different figure, his father, a very problematic figure, to try and move him into this new phase of his life and I don’t think that made it any easier for him.’

WHO WAS HENRY VIII? 

Henry VIII was a domineering king who broke with Rome and changed the course of England’s cultural history.

His predecessors had tried and failed to conquer France, and even Henry himself mounted two expensive, yet unsuccessful attempts.

He was known to self-medicate, even going as far as making his own medicines.

A record on a prescription for ulcer treatment in the British Museum reads: ‘An Oyntment devised by the kinges Majesty made at Westminster, and devised at Grenwich to take away inflammations and to cease payne and heale ulcers called gray plaster’.

The king was also a musician and composer, owning 78 flutes, 78 recorders, five bagpipes, and has since had his songs covered by Jethro Tull.

He died while heavily in debt, after having such a lavish lifestyle that he spent far more than taxes would earn him.

He possessed the largest tapestry collection ever documented, and 6,500 pistols. While most portraits show him as a slight man, he was in later life very large, with one observer calling him ‘an absolute monster’.

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John Lewis in Kingston is reopened after shoppers were evacuated over bomb threat

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Shoppers were evacuated from a west London shopping centre this morning as police were called to reports of a bomb scare. 

The Metropolitan Police said the threat was made to a John Lewis shop in the Bentall Centre department store in Kingston-upon-Thames just before 10am. 

Officers closed Kingston Bridge and surrounding roads, but a force spokesperson said the incident is ‘not believed to be terror-related’. 

A spokesperson for the John Lewis Group told MailOnline that its John Lewis and Waitrose shops were evacuated ‘as instructed by the Police’.  

An eyewitness to the evacuation told MailOnline they were shopping in Waitrose at around 9.30am when a tannoy told shoppers to leave ‘for safety reasons’. 

The store reopened at around 12.45pm and the cordon was lifted after police conducted a sweep of the area.  

Shoppers were evacuated from a west London shopping centre this morning as police were called to reports of a bomb scare

Shoppers were evacuated from a west London shopping centre this morning as police were called to reports of a bomb scare

The Metropolitan Police said the threat was made to a John Lewis shop in the Bentall Centre department store in Kingston-upon-Thames just before 10am

The Metropolitan Police said the threat was made to a John Lewis shop in the Bentall Centre department store in Kingston-upon-Thames just before 10am 

A John Lewis store in Kingston was evacuated over a bomb threat this morning

A John Lewis store in Kingston was evacuated over a bomb threat this morning

Officers closed Kingston Bridge and surrounding roads as they conducted a sweep of the area

Officers closed Kingston Bridge and surrounding roads as they conducted a sweep of the area

Kingston Council said: 'Police have closed Wood Street due to an incident'

Kingston Council said: ‘Police have closed Wood Street due to an incident’ 

Gareth Roberts, leader of Richmond Council, tweeted: 'Seems there's an alert of a suspicious device in #Kingston Town Centre - as yet unconfirmed'

Gareth Roberts, leader of Richmond Council, tweeted: ‘Seems there’s an alert of a suspicious device in #Kingston Town Centre – as yet unconfirmed’

In a statement, the Met Police said: ‘At approximately 09:47hrs on Wednesday, 28 October, police were contacted by a department store at Wood Street, Kingston where a bomb threat had been received.

‘The store was evacuated and London Ambulance Service attended as a precaution.

‘Following a search of the premises the store is reopened and emergency services stood down at around 12:45hrs. The incident was not terror-related.’ 

A spokesperson for John Lewis said: ‘We can confirm that our John Lewis and Waitrose shops in Kingston were evacuated this morning as instructed by the Police. 

‘The safety of our customers and Partners is our top priority and we are working closely with the emergency services as they handle the situation’. 

Kingston Council said: ‘This morning the Council was informed of reports of a bomb threat at the John Lewis department store in Kingston town centre. 

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Social media users tweeted in alarm at the bomb threat

Social media users tweeted in alarm at the bomb threat 

‘The store has been evacuated and cordoned off, and a number of road closures are in place, including Wood Street and Kingston Bridge. 

‘Please avoid the area until further notice. Our residents’ safety is our priority and we are working closely with the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and other authorities while investigations continue.’ 

Gareth Roberts, leader of Richmond Council, tweeted: ‘Seems there’s an alert of a suspicious device in #Kingston Town Centre – as yet unconfirmed.

‘But it’s causing LOTS of disruption so if you can AVOID the area then PLEASE DO!’ 

BBC Radio London Travel warned of delays along London Road, Portsmouth Road and Wheatfield Way due to the road closures in Wood Street and Kingston Bridge. 

Social media users tweeted in alarm at the bomb threat.

***Did you see what happened? Email: jack.wright@mailonline.co.uk***  

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City worker, 44, accused of shaking four-week-old daughter to death

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A City worker accused of murdering her four-week-old baby claims she found her daughter’s lifeless body after her lover had fed her, a court heard today.

Clare Sanders, 44, and her Lithuanian boyfriend Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, allegedly shook Eva on three separate occasions.

Sanders said she found Eva looking ‘lifeless’ beneath her blanket in her bedroom after Vaitkevicius, the baby’s father, had given her a final feed for the night on 1 September, 2017.

The mother, who earned £90,000 a year as a financial consultant, was heard screaming: ‘My baby, my baby’ by neighbours upon finding Eva, the Old Bailey heard.

Clare Sanders, 44, pictured outside the Old Bailey in February, where she has denied murder

Clare Sanders, 44, pictured outside the Old Bailey in February, where she has denied murder

Clare Sanders, 44, and her Lithuanian boyfriend Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, allegedly shook Eva on three separate occasions

Clare Sanders, 44, and her Lithuanian boyfriend Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, allegedly shook Eva on three separate occasions

Eva was rushed to hospital where medics battled to save her life but she was pronounced dead. A post-mortem later gave the cause of death as traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.

Giving evidence about the day Eva died, Sanders said: ‘It was a good day, he (Vaitkevicius) was stepping up and doing things. I think around the 10.30pm mark Tomas took over the feed.’

Sanders explained she and Vaitkevicius were celebrating the four-week point of Eva’s life and had enjoyed a few drinks that evening after dinner.

On the last feed, some 60ml of formula milk was left in the bottle, which Sanders ‘thought was unusual’ and she and Vaitkevicius agreed to keep an eye on it.

Friends of the couple had purchased a baby monitoring device which Sanders said she usually turned on after feeding her.

But jurors were told the device may not have been switched on on August 31, as Sanders said she heard no crying coming from the bedroom and went to check on Eva.

‘It definitely worked but I did not know if it was switched on. I just carried on in the kitchen,’ she told the court.

‘I think he (Vaitkevicius) went back into the lounge. I went to check the baby and she looked lifeless, I scooped her up and screamed.

‘She was lying on her back. She just seemed lifeless. She had milk coming out of her nose and mouth. Her head just slumped forward. I just picked her up and screamed.

‘Milk was coming out of her nose and mouth, it seemed like a bit of a gush.

‘Tomas came into the bedroom. I think he just took her from me. I think I asked him what had happened. There was nothing, she was just lifeless.

‘He told me to go and get help. I was just screaming. He commenced CPR on the bed. I think I went to the hallway to see if I could find my phone.’

Sanders then ran out of the flat and began to plead with a neighbour for help: ‘I just said Eva was not breathing,’ she continued. ‘I thought she was dead’.

Sanders was living with her Ukrainian lover in a flat on this road in Mitcham, South London

Sanders was living with her Ukrainian lover in a flat on this road in Mitcham, South London

Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, (pictured) denies murder and the alternative charge of allowing the death of a vulnerable child

Tomas Vaitkevicius, 45, (pictured) denies murder and the alternative charge of allowing the death of a vulnerable child

Sanders’ mobile phone had been used to search ‘Shaken baby syndrome NHS‘, ‘Shaking babies’ and ‘baby is shaking’ on 27 August, 2017, the court heard previously.

She told the court that on August 27, she thought Eva was off-colour and picked her up to check on her, when the baby’s ‘feet and hands began shaking.’

After bringing her to her chest and cuddling her, she said Eva’s shaking stopped, so the family went out for a picnic.

‘I was on the bus,’ she explained: ‘I was searching different terms for shaking baby.’

Speaking of her relationship with Vaitkevicius, Sanders said: ‘I had pretty much worked out I could do it on my own.

‘I did not feel there was any rush. I did not want to turf him out, homeless on the street.

‘He was not working with anyone making any money. He was still Eva’s father.. I just did not think co-habiting and co-parenting was going to work.’

Sanders' mobile phone was used to search 'Shaken baby syndrome NHS on 27 August, 2017, six days before Eva's death, the Old Bailey (pictured) heard

 Sanders’ mobile phone was used to search ‘Shaken baby syndrome NHS on 27 August, 2017, six days before Eva’s death, the Old Bailey (pictured) heard

Earlier prosecutor Tom Little told jurors: ‘Eva was, the prosecution say, violently shaken on at least three separate occasions. Three separate occasions in the early weeks of her very young life.

‘These violent events were not so close in time that they could have occurred on the same day, but on different days and we say they were days apart.

‘There are no viable alternative perpetrators. No one else living in the house who could have killed Eva. Nor are there any realistic, viable alternative explanation for Eva’s death.’

Sanders and Vaitkevicius, from Mitcham, both deny murder and an alternative count of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable child. The trial continues.

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Man Utd star Brandon Williams denies rumours ‘spread by fake app’ that he text girl

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Manchester United has today issued a denial over false claims on social media that star Brandon Williams messaged a teenage girl.   

Social media rumours have emerged this morning which allege the 20-year-old star ‘contacted a 15-year-old girl.’

But the club has vociferously denied the allegations, claiming a fake app is responsible for the ‘entirely untrue’ video which has gone viral. 

Man United said the defender, ‘vehemently denies any wrongdoing whatsoever.’

Manchester United has today vehemently denied allegations claiming Brandon Williams messaged a teenage girl

Manchester United has today vehemently denied allegations claiming Brandon Williams messaged a teenage girl

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The statement sent to Chief Manchester United writer for the Manchester Evening News, Samuel Luckhurst

The statement sent to Chief Manchester United writer for the Manchester Evening News, Samuel Luckhurst

Marcus Rashford, Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi and Mason Greenwood at their first team training session yesterday, ahead of the UEFA Champions League match

Marcus Rashford, Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi and Mason Greenwood at their first team training session yesterday, ahead of the UEFA Champions League match 

In a statement Williams’ representative said: ‘Brandon Williams is aware of rumours circulating on Twitter. Brandon vehemently denies any wrongdoing whatsoever. 

‘The allegations posted on Twitter are false and defamatory. We have urgently raised these matters with Twitter.

‘Brandon has instructed his legal team to take the action that they think necessary. We will not hesitate to bring proceedings against those who choose to repeat the false and defamatory allegations.’ 

The video is thought to show a TikTok of a direct message sent by Williams to what is purported to be a teenage girl – but it is understood to have been made using a fake app.

This morning trolls targeted Williams’ Wikipedia page, briefly updating it to call him a ‘n**ce’.

MailOnline has contacted Williams’ spokesperson for further comment.  

In August, the 20-year-old signed a new contract at Manchester United that will tie him to the club until 2024 with the option to extend it by another year.

The left-back, who hails from north Manchester, also became the face of Puma’s new Future 5.1 football boots and City Pack collection. 

Williams, then 19, launched the sporting giant’s kit which featured the Manchester worker bee emblem.  

Williams has played for the club since the age of seven, coming through the academy before making his debut in the 2019-20 season.

In August, the 20-year-old (pictured arriving for training yesterday), signed a new contract at Manchester United that will tie him to the club until 2024

In August, the 20-year-old (pictured arriving for training yesterday), signed a new contract at Manchester United that will tie him to the club until 2024

Speaking in the summer, he said: ‘Signing this contract is another really proud moment for myself and my family.

‘Having been at Manchester United since I was seven years old, it’s genuinely a dream come true to be playing in the first team.

‘It has taken a huge amount of hard work to reach this point and it has been really special for me to break through into the squad. I’ve learned a lot throughout the season from the manager, his coaching staff and my team-mates and I want to repay the trust that they have all shown in me.

‘I know that everyone at the club is working really hard every day to achieve success in the coming years and I am really excited to be a part of that.’ 

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