Bill and Melinda Gates were seen as perfect couple but couldn’t find happiness, writes TOM LEONARD

For a man who once listed the pros and cons of getting married on a whiteboard before he took the plunge, Bill Gates was probably never going to be the most conventional husband. And that was before the Microsoft founder was named the world’s richest person and those pros and cons started to become just … Read more

Bill and Melinda Gates were seen as perfect couple but couldn’t find happiness, writes TOM LEONARD

For a man who once listed the pros and cons of getting married on a whiteboard before he took the plunge, Bill Gates was probably never going to be the most conventional husband. And that was before the Microsoft founder was named the world’s richest person and those pros and cons started to become just … Read more

Meghan Markle writes a children’s book called ‘The Bench’

Meghan Markle today announced she has written a children’s book called The Bench, which is inspired by Prince Harry and her son Archie and comes illustrated with pictures of a red-headed soldier.  The Duchess of Sussex, 39, said the book was inspired by a poem she had written for Harry on Father’s Day the month after … Read more

Meghan Markle writes a children’s book called ‘The Bench’

Meghan Markle writes a children’s book called ‘The Bench’ about the relationship between fathers and sons that was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry after Archie was born and has illustrations of a red-headed soldier Duchess of Sussex, 39, said the book – released June 8 – would explore ‘special bond between father … Read more

Convoy of carnage: MAX HASTINGS writes about one of the most dramatic forgotten chapters of the war 

Since 1815, the island of Malta had been viewed as one of the jewels in Britain’s crown of empire — a vital way-station to the East and a sun-baked fortress that showcased the Royal Navy’s dominance of the Mediterranean. But in the summer of 1942 it was the only surviving British bastion in the central … Read more

Convoy of carnage: MAX HASTINGS writes about one of the most dramatic forgotten chapters of the war 

Since 1815, the island of Malta had been viewed as one of the jewels in Britain’s crown of empire — a vital way-station to the East and a sun-baked fortress that showcased the Royal Navy’s dominance of the Mediterranean. But in the summer of 1942 it was the only surviving British bastion in the central … Read more

Probe will prove no one is above the law, writes former Electoral Commissioner PROF DAVID HOWARTH

The Electoral Commission’s job is to regulate the financial activities of the most powerful people in the country – politicians up to and including the Prime Minister. As I know from my experience as a Commissioner, it is always unpopular in the highest circles, always being accused of bias and threatened with abolition. Its resources … Read more

Probe will prove no one is above the law, writes former Electoral Commissioner PROF DAVID HOWARTH

The Electoral Commission’s job is to regulate the financial activities of the most powerful people in the country – politicians up to and including the Prime Minister. As I know from my experience as a Commissioner, it is always unpopular in the highest circles, always being accused of bias and threatened with abolition. Its resources … Read more

Anastasia Vasilyeva played Beethoven as his goons came to arrest her, writes IAN BIRRELL 

There are not many doctors who visit patients in a flowing long white dress with a big red sash tied around their waist and surrounded by a swarm of photographers. But Anastasia Vasilyeva is no ordinary doctor.  For this brave and media-savvy medic has become a thorn in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s side as she fought … Read more

It’s agonising to see families unable to console each other, writes PAUL HICKMAN

Nobody wants to have to attend a funeral, but more than 20 years of leading them has taught me how vital they are to the grieving process. In that moment of great loss and sadness, those who knew and loved the departed can come together, draw strength from one another and share memories and fond … Read more