A round-up of this week's biggest stories, including Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary, Strep A and the World Cup.
The weather is cold, the news is cold, everything is cold.

Ah, December. When Britain gets British.

It’s cold, it’s grey and preparations for See Your Least Favourite Relatives Fest are in full swing.

The vibe is bleak and the news is bleaker.

There’s the World Cup to cheer us all up, of course (if you can see it through the putrid canker of moral rot growing all over it).

And, as ever, there’s the pub, the sweet retreat to which we can’t help but return.

You might need to talk about the news when you get there, mind – so deep breath, hold your nose and get caught up on this week’s miseries.

Harry and Meghan being very private

Netflix released the first three episodes of Meghan and Harry’s tell-all documentary on Thursday and, well, thoughts and prayers to anyone on the internet who has absolutely any other interests.

The couple shared many very personal stories, including a detailed account of how they met and fell in love, which is what all very private couples do.

Meghan was ‘intent on being single and just having fun girl time’ before Harry noticed a video of the actress on a friend’s Instagram profile and asked to be put in touch.

Moral of the story: Your hottest pictures should go up on your mates’ profiles, not yours.

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BGUK_2528245 - Los Angeles, CA - Harry and Meghan???s son Archie reveals his American accent as he appears on their new bombshell Netflix documentary. The three year-old toddler is heard chatting with dad Harry in the second episode of the $100 million show ??? and fans got to hear that he speaks with an American accent. The father and son are in the garden at their home in Montecito, California where Prince Harry is admiring some hummingbirds. ???We won't get a chance to be this close to hummningbirds ever again,??? Prince Harry tells his son. As Meghan films them both, Archie asks: ???Why???? Despite asking his toddler to stay quiet and watch the wildlife because the birds are s???cared of humans???, Archie exclaims: ???I've got a dirty foot mama because I was with you!???Trying not to laugh Meghan tells him: ???You've got a dirty foot, sweetheart. Papa is a birdwatcher so this is a really big moment for him.??? The docu-series then jumps to a clip of Prince Harry reading the their son a storybook on the sofa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's eldest child appears throughout the first three episodes of the couple's new TV series. Also in the second episode, Prince Harry is seen taking his son for a walk in an area that appears to be near their home in Montecito. As his three-year-old son walks ahead of him, Prince Harry is heard singing Heigh-Ho from Snow White. Elsewhere, the toddler is seen happily walking along a path with the family's black labrador before telling his dad: ???Archie is running away!??? Earlier on in the episode, Prince Harry says off-camera: ???My son, my daughter, my children are mixed race and I'm really proud of that. When my kids grow up and they back look at this moment and they turn to me, they say: ???What did you do in this moment???? I want to be able to give them an answer.??? *BACKGRID DOES NOT CLAIM ANY COPYRIGHT OR LICENSE IN THE ATTACHED MATERIAL. ANY DOWNLOADING FEES CHARGED BY BACKGRID ARE FOR BACKGRID'S SERVICES ONLY, AND DO NOT, NOR ARE THEY INTENDED TO, CONVEY TO THE USER ANY COPYRIGHT OR LICENSE IN THE MATERIAL. BY PUBLISHING THIS MATERIAL , THE USER EXPRESSLY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND TO HOLD BACKGRID HARMLESS FROM ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS, OR CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED IN ANY WAY WITH USER'S PUBLICATION OF THE MATERIAL* Pictured: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle BACKGRID UK 8 DECEMBER 2022 BYLINE MUST READ: Netflix / BACKGRID UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com *UK Clients - Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*
The couple shared intimate photos that the public have never seen before in the new series (Picture: Netflix)

The couple spoke about what it felt like to be ‘swarmed by paparazzi’ and repeated their belief that Meghan was treated with ‘outright racism’ by the press.

The episodes were also full of the stuff people love to see from the Royals, including never-before-seen moments of the Sussex children.

As ever, the divisive couple have triggered the sort of backlash, including for Meghan’s flamboyant account of curtsying for the Queen when she met the late monarch for the first time.

Fans of the couple – increasingly, it seems, Americans – lapped it up, while critics provided more free PR than Netflix could have ever hoped for.

Will it all be worth it in the end? Ask that to the £88m they’re getting from this Netflix mega-deal.

TL;DR: The Harry and Meghan show rolls on.

Strep A death toll rose to 16

An unnamed 12-year-old in Brighton became the sixth child to die after contracting Strep A in recent months.

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Other victims include Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, an ‘adventurous’ four-year-old boy from Buckinghamshire, and Stella-Lily McCorkindale, 5, from Belfast, who was her parents’ ‘sunshine’.

Hanna Roap, a ‘bubbly’ seven-year-old from Wales, also died, with her father claiming she could have been saved if she was given antibiotics.

Meanwhile, Camila Rose Burns’ parents have asked Brits to pray for their four-year-old, who remains in a Liverpool ICU battling Strep A.

Camila Rose Burns’ parents are ‘praying for a miracle’ as she fights Strep A in the ICU (Picture: Sky News)

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) officials have suggested that a lack of mixing due to the Covid pandemic, plus susceptibility in children, are probably ‘bringing forward the normal scarlet fever season’ from spring to this side of Christmas.

Strep A bacteria leapfrogs from person to person through close contact or it hides in an infected person’s nose and throat droplets.

Once someone is exposed to strep A bacteria, it typically takes two to five days for them to become ill with strep throat.

There are worries over access to antibiotics but health secretary Steve Barclay has promised there is a ‘good supply’ this winter.

TL;DR: Parents can find out more about the symptoms here.

Driver who killed Harry Dunn avoided jail

Anne Sacoolas was finally sentenced over the road death of Harry Dunn but will not spend a day behind bars.

Harry’s family watched on in the Old Bailey as the American was handed an eight-month suspended sentence, more than three years after the teenager was killed.

The 45-year-old previously pleaded guilty to causing his death by careless driving when she struck his motorcycle on August 27, 2019.

Under instruction from her US government employer, she did not attend the Old Bailey hearing in person.

Sacoolas has admitted she was driving on the wrong side of the road with her children in the back seat when she collided with the 19-year-old.

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson KC told the court how she cried at the scene and admitted immediately to Northamptonshire Police officers that she had ‘made a mistake’ and was ‘so stupid’.

Harry Dunn
The 19-year-old was riding his motorbike on a road near his home when he was fatally struck (Picture: PA)

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Sacoolas – who was employed by a US intelligence agency – was able to leave the UK 19 days after the incident and had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by her government.

The court also heard how Harry had begged ‘don’t let me die’ after the crash.

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Sacoolas wiped away a tear in the Washington DC office she listened to the hearings from as Harry’s mum Charlotte Charles, 46, read her victim impact statement.

‘Harry just disappeared out of my life that night, shattering my existence forever,’ she said.

TL;DR: The American driver was finally sentenced after three years.

England and France return to war

England take on France tonight in the World Cup, the latest in the many battles which have raged between the two nations since the English Channel (yes, English) appeared.

There will be drink. It’s estimated that around 100 million pints will be pulled downed this weekend.

The tournament resumed in Qatar yesterday, with a famous over Brazil for Croatia and Argentina advancing at the expense of the Dutch.

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Fans celebrate England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal at Boxpark, in Croydon (Picture: Reuters)

Gareth Southgate has confirmed returning England star Raheem Sterling ‘will be involved’ against France.

The Chelsea winger flew back to London last weekend following a burglary at his house in Cobham and missed the last 16 win over Senegal.

Sterling jetted back to Qatar on Thursday and took part in Friday’s training session ahead of the quarter-final showdown.

TL;DR: If 100 millions pints don’t bring it home, nothing will.

And finally…Boy finds 9cm monster Hula Hoop in packed lunch

A 10-year-old boy did what any Londoner in their 20s knows is impossible: he made a new friend.

Will Potts opened a packet of Aldi’s version of Hula Hoops and found one which was 3.5 inches (9cm) long.

The schoolboy, of Chester in Cheshire, proudly and carefully put it back in his lunchbox and took it home.

Story from Jam Press (Giant Crisp) Pictured: Will Potts with his giant crisp. Schoolboy stunned after finding 9cm long ???Hula Hoop??? A schoolboy was left stunned after opening up his packet of Aldi???s version of Hula Hoops - and finding a 9cm long one. Will Potts was so proud of his mammoth snack he didn???t eat it. The 10-year-old carefully placed it back in his lunchbox to take home. He then placed it next to a ruler to prove the length. The snack also weighs a whopping 6g. Proud mum Angela said: ???It was a multipack of Hoops from Aldi. ???My son Will had a pack in his packed lunch at school. ???When he came home he said ???Look what was in my crisp pack???.??? Angela, of Chester, Cheshire said: ???He opened his lunchbox and showed me the giant hoop. ???We said he didn???t want to eat it, we still have it. ???We told Aldi and they said it was amazing and to contact Guinness world records so we have.??? She bought the pack of eight Hoops from her local store for ??1.35. An Aldi spokesperson said: ???Thanks for sharing this with us. ???Possibly the biggest crisp we???ve ever seen. ???We recommend contacting Guinness World Records for that monster crisp.??? ENDS
Will, of Chester in Cheshire, took his crisp back home as he didn’t want to eat it (Picture: Jam Press)

His mum Angela said: ‘He said he didn’t want to eat it, we still have it.

‘We told Aldi and they said it was amazing and to contact Guinness World Records so we have.’

Unfortunately for Will though, his huge crisp may not quite have broken records.

Sam Lightfoot, 26, was the lucky finder of a four-inch-long snack (around 10cm) in a bag of Hula Hoops last year.

It was around eight times the length of a standard Hula Hoop.

TL;DR: You’ll always find the one in the place you wouldn’t think to look.

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