PLATELL'S PEOPLE: In many ways, this week has reminded us of the best of Prince Harry – what a shame he has tarnished his greatest achievement

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This is a week that, in many ways, has reminded us of the very best of Prince Harry.

Nearly a decade after he created the Invictus Games, his new Netflix docu-series followed a number of badly wounded Armed Forces veterans as they prepared for the event.

It was as extraordinary as it was moving. We had tales of immense courage from vets who’d overcome adversity and found a reason to live — all thanks to Invictus.

What an incredible achievement the Games is. One that shows the Harry we like to remember — compassionate, driven, and with a determination to honour the brave troops he served alongside in Afghanistan.

A side of Harry reminiscent of his mother Diana who so empathised with the vulnerable — whether AIDS patients or landmine victims.

Nearly a decade after he created the Invictus Games, Prince Harry's new Netflix docu-series followed a number of badly wounded Armed Forces veterans as they prepared for the event

Nearly a decade after he created the Invictus Games, Prince Harry’s new Netflix docu-series followed a number of badly wounded Armed Forces veterans as they prepared for the event

But sadly, the series has also given us a glimpse of the other Harry — the self-indulgent, petulant, put-upon victim, full of vengeance and hatred for those he believes have done him down.

Harry could not simply make a documentary about those valiant men and women. 

He had to turn the spotlight on his story and lambast the hated media for supposedly ignoring and failing to support wounded British soldiers.

No matter that it’s untrue, as the soldiers themselves have pointed out. ‘I have no idea what he’s talking about,’ said Ben Parkinson, the British soldier who lost both legs, broke his back and suffered lasting brain damage in Afghanistan. 

‘The media in general have been amazing to me and also given incredible support to my family.’

Double amputee Ben McBean, who met Harry at an awards ceremony hosted by The Sun and was one of the inspirations behind the Games, agreed. 

‘I had his [Harry’s] back for 15 years. On this one he’s wrong.’

He added that ‘one of the only positives post-injury was how the media supported the troops’.

Harry lambasted the media for supposedly ignoring and failing to support wounded British soldiers

Lord Dannatt, Chief Of The General Staff when Harry served, was equally dismissive, saying: ‘Being kind, I would say that Prince Harry’s recollections are not as clear as they might be.’

The truth is that the media does not just support our wounded heroes, it has been fully behind the Invictus Games as well.

How tragic that bitter, self-pitying Harry cannot acknowledge this and use it to his advantage.

His failure to do so casts an unnecessary shadow over his greatest triumph.

 

Ahead of Strictly, news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy’s been showing off his ‘hip wiggle’. 

Reminds me of when he worked for LBC and was told by bosses to loosen up on air. 

He told listeners his girlfriend had given him verrucas — so brace for a Strictly back story, warts and all. 

 

 Clinging to power

A new poll votes Michelle Obama the most inspirational woman of all time.

The message to young women is: become a subservient wife and use your husband’s fame to write excruciating books about female empowerment.

If being a cling-on plus-one to a famous man is all it takes to beat double Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, Meghan Markle should be there, too.

 

Bring back female Attenboroughs 

News that David Attenborough, 97, will present the new series of BBC’s Planet Earth makes one wonder why so many talented older women get booted off TV. 

Leaving Countdown, Anne Robinson quipped that, at 76, she was the oldest woman on TV who wasn’t judging cakes — an acid reference to Bake Off’s Mary Berry, 88, and Prue Leith, 83.

Sir David Attenborough, 97, will present the new series of BBC¿s Planet Earth

Sir David Attenborough, 97, will present the new series of BBC’s Planet Earth

As 3.7 million over-75s pay the BBC licence fee, most of them women, it’s time to bring some great old broads back.

 

Cowell’s big BGT blunder 

Simon Cowell has spoken honestly about his mental health issues.

The crushing pressures of fame that caused his depression to spiral… the lying awake at night worrying about viewing figures… how he lost all joy in life. Yet now he reveals his nine-year-old son Eric is to star in the next series of Britain’s Got Talent and father will judge son.

He admits it will be tough. ‘Of all the things I’ve done, this will probably be the hardest.’

Not the hardest, Simon, just the dumbest.

 

The bare-faced truth 

Inspired by 50-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow’s pictures without make-up, I took the plunge meeting a friend for a drink. 

No foundation, eyebrow pencil, eyeshadow or lipstick. He walked straight past me. When I called out to him, he replied: ‘I didn’t recognise you. Are you sick?’

Proof only a natural beauty can pull off au naturel

50-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow was pictured barefaced without make-up

50-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow was pictured barefaced without make-up

 

Claudia Winkleman says her TV success is down to hard work, good luck and advice from her mother Eve Pollard, the first modern-day female editor of a national newspaper. 

Eve warned her not to become a journalist as it was ‘too hard for a woman’. 

My mum gave me the same advice, saying if I followed in Dad’s footsteps and became a journo, I’d end up smoking, drinking and divorced.

As always, she was right.

 

Head of the Met Mark Rowley says most people at the Notting Hill Carnival had ‘a fantastic time’.

Jolly good. But what about those at the sharp end of the zombie knife and machete attacks: two men in hospital, six others stabbed, 275 arrests for offences including possession of offensive weapons and drugs plus sexual assaults and attacks on police.

Notting Hill carnival resulted in two men in hospital, six others stabbed, 275 arrests for offences including possession of offensive weapons and drugs plus sexual assaults and attacks on police

Notting Hill carnival resulted in two men in hospital, six others stabbed, 275 arrests for offences including possession of offensive weapons and drugs plus sexual assaults and attacks on police

If that’s a fantastic time, the Met has clearly lost the plot.

 

Westminster wars

Mediocre career politician Grant Shapps is replacing the highly respected former Army officer Ben Wallace as Defence Secretary

Mediocre career politician Grant Shapps is replacing the highly respected former Army officer Ben Wallace as Defence Secretary

Very disappointing that arch Rishi loyalist and mediocre career politician Grant Shapps is replacing the highly respected former Army officer Ben Wallace as Defence Secretary, especially as the closest Shapps has ever come to danger is opening an Ikea flatpack with a Stanley knife.

Still demanding a 35 per cent pay rise, junior doctors are joining consultants (£88,000 starting salary and average pay of £130,000, excluding lucrative private work) in an unprecedented strike to coincide with the Conservative Party Conference. Proof indeed that doctors’ strikes are not about pay but toppling the Tory Government.

 

Keep Gucci out of classroom

The average cost of a secondary school pupil’s uniform plus sport kit is around £100, yet posh parents are buying Gucci uniforms at £890 for a girl’s coat and backpacks at £970. 

It’s one thing treating your daughter like a princess at home, another to dress her like one at school and encourage a generation of privileged, entitled kids who think the world owes them a living.

 

Can I be the only one who thinks the picture of the Loch Ness Monster taken by Chie Kelly five years ago, now hailed as proof of the creature, is just another con? 

It looks like two large abandoned black bin bags full of rubbish on the swirling surface.

 

Good news for fat-bellied men everywhere as Chinese scientists conclude drinking beer is good for a person’s health, supercharges the immune system and improves gut health. 

The bad news is the study was conducted mostly by men from a country that gave the world Covid. Cheers!

Good news for fat-bellied men everywhere as Chinese scientists conclude drinking beer is good for a person¿s health

Good news for fat-bellied men everywhere as Chinese scientists conclude drinking beer is good for a person’s health

 

Separating from her husband of 17 years, EastEnders actress Lucy Benjamin says ‘their children [Bessie, 16, and Rosie, 12] will be their No.1 priority’. 

It’s sad when any marriage ends, but can we please stop pretending it will be OK for the kids when research shows it is almost always devastating for them. Maybe sticking together for their sake should be the ‘No.1 priority’.

 

On the first anniversary of the much-loved BBC presenter’s death from prostate cancer, experts hailed the ‘Bill Turnbull effect’ as more than a quarter of a million men had their bits checked, a rise of 17 per cent, with many lives saved.

What a lovely legacy for a truly lovely man.




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