Most read story: Meghan Markle's dad hung up on Prince Harry after heated phone conversation

This story was first published on Sunday August 12.

Source: 1 NEWS

Thomas Markle has spoken about hanging up on Prince Harry claiming that he ‘slammed’ the phone down after a heated conversation.

At the time, Mr Markle was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack and it had been revealed that he had staged a series of photographs for a paparazzo.

The Duchess of Sussex’s father says he was "upset" by the Prince's tirade and though he says Harry was "absolutely right" to scold him, he thought the timing of the phone call was "rude", The Daily Mail reports.

According to the Mail on Sunday Mr Markle claimed Harry said, "If you had listened to me this would never have happened".

Mr Markle responded, "Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead.. then you could pretend to be sad."

"Then I hung up," he said.

Mr Markle said the royal had warned him about the dangers of colluding with the media.

Mr Markle recalled: "Harry told me that I should never go to the press. That it would end in tears. He said, 'They will eat you alive.' He was right".

Last night Mr Markle reveals in an interview that he lied to Harry when he asked him if he has worked with a paparazzo to pose for shots.

One of the shots reportedly showed him being fitted for a wedding suit. However, Mr Markle told Harry he was being "measured for a hoodie".

In hindsight, he admits Harry was "absolutely right" to criticise him. It was Meghan who dealt with the most painful blow when she told her father he would not be allowed to make a speech at the wedding. "That hurt," he said.

Mr Markle said, "I'm not mad at Harry. I'm not mad at Meghan. I love them. I wish them well. But as for the rest of it, f*** it. I'm done."


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Art buff shreds $80k Banksy piece with stanley knife in copycat bid to double value - now it's worthless

An owner of a piece of Banksy artwork has been told his $81,000 print is effectively worthless now after he tried to shred it in a copycat attempt to double its value.

The owner contacted art experts with the hopes of selling their Girl With a Balloon print - the same print that was shredded in a stunt by the artist earlier this week at an art auction - after mimicking the artist.

The piece Girl With Balloon was shredded moments after being sold for NZ$2.1 million at Sotheby’s in London. Source: Associated Press

The hopeful seller reportedly took to their artwork with a stanley knife, slicing strips into it before requesting the print be listed at $162,000.

But experts denied the owner, refusing to sell the massacred piece which is believed to be only one of 600 mint condition prints in the world.

Instead, they blasted the decision as "opportunistic vandalism" and valued the defiled piece at $2.

The owner isn't the first to come up with the idea with art expert Ian Syer claiming his company My Art Broker has had to warn people on social media about trying the same stunt after receiving multiple enquiries about shredding Banksy prints.

"We've had a number of Banksy print owners contact us today asking if they shred their artwork will it be worth more. Please, Please DON'T. The events of the last 24hrs are a very unique piece of art history."

Mr Syer said only Banksy could pull off the action as art.

"When Banksy does something crazy like shredding his own artwork, it will naturally have a dramatic affect on values.

"What this person today seems to have done is needlessly ruin a print worth around £40,000 and reduce its value to almost nothing.

"We strongly recommend nobody else takes valuable art and tries to cash in on what history will judge a simply brilliant stunt.

"There are limited numbers of Girl With Balloon prints in the world, today, we lost one and it's a crying shame."

The "Girl With a Balloon" Banksy print now considered worthless after it was shredded.
The "Girl With a Balloon" Banksy print now considered worthless after it was shredded. Source: Supplied


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Missing Saudi Arabia journalist alive and captive in homeland after being spirited out of Turkey - report

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who went missing after visiting his country's consulate in Istanbul was spirited on a private jet to Saudi Arabia, held captive and may still be alive there, a source close to the kingdom's royal family has claimed to Britain's DailyMail.com. 

Turkey said today it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Mr Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, as Turkish officials fear the writer was killed inside the building.

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing international pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Arabia and contributor to the Washington Post.

But now the Daily Mail reports it's been told by a source close to the Saudi royal family Mr Khashoggi was taken from the consulate in a black Mercedes S-500 and a white minivan with four Saudi officials to Istanbul airport.

He was was flown to Dubai and then Riyadh, where he is now being held. 

Flight records reportedly show that a Gulf Stream IV private jet, tail number HZ-SK2, landed in Istanbul at 3am on October 2, the day Mr Khashoggi disappeared.

The source said they were told Mr Khashoggi is still alive, contradicting the claims he was murdered in the Istanbul consulate. 

DailyMail.com said this different version of events could not be independently verified. 

Mr Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to collect divorce papers relating to his previous marriage, leaving his fiancee with his Saudi phone on the street outside.

He had walked in to the building with his T-Mobile US cellphone, which he had used to contact his confidential sources. 

DailyMail.com said a friend of the journalist revealed that Mr Khashoggi’s encrypted messages had been read after he vanished. 

The news outlet published a CCTV photo said to show him walking in, but never walked back out.  

The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance "baseless," but had no immediate comment on Turkey's announcement that it will search the consulate. It remains unclear when the search will take place.

US President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist. 

So far, the kingdom has offered no evidence in the past seven days to show that Mr Khashoggi ever left the building, as the new surveillance photo surfaced showed him walking in its main entrance.

This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, October 2. Source: Associated Press

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Australia's Commonwealth Bank to repay fees it charged to dead customers

A new banking industry code aims to stop banks charging dead people and ensure they only extract fees from customers in exchange for services actually provided.

The three main requirements of the Australian Banking Association's updated code of practice are to end 'fees for no service', stop charging dead customers and to refund any fees incorrectly levied, and to support changes to the 2013 future of financial advice reforms to remove all legislative provisions allowing grandfathered payments and trail commissions.

The voluntary charter comes into force on July 1 next year and is the ABA's response to the damning interim findings of the banking royal commission, released almost two weeks ago.

The big four banks have already said they have already said they will end grandfathered commissions on wealth products.

The ABA says banks will ask customers what financial advice they required and only charge for what is provided, stop or refund fees for products or services no longer required by customers who have died, and to support legislative changes to the FOFA reforms regarding provisions for grandfathered payments and trail commissions.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has already approved the code of practice.

"It has always been unacceptable for any organisations to charge fees without providing a service," ABA chief executive Anna Bligh said in a statement on Tuesday.

"This announcement will put beyond the shadow of a doubt that this practice has no place in Australia's banking industry."

Ms Bligh said latest ASIC data indicates customers will receive more than $1 billion in refunds for fees charged for no service.

"This issue of charging fees without service, particularly when customers have recently died, was raised during the royal commission and identified as unacceptable," Ms Bligh said.

"When someone loses a loved one, they need support and compassion as they finalise their loved one's financial affairs."

She said ending provisions for grandfathered commissions would help end conflicts of interest between customers' best interests and incentives for advisers.

The fees were discovered by a Royal Commission into the banking sector. Source: Nine


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Woman who scammed thousands of dollars in fake cancer diagnosis deception jailed for four years

A woman who scammed thousands of dollars from her family and friends in Australia over a fake cancer diagnosis and other deception has been jailed for four years.

Kelly Val Smith, 40, faced the South Australian District Court today, after earlier pleading guilty to four counts of deception and one of dishonestly dealing with documents.

As part of her offending, Smith told family and friends she had ovarian cancer, that her son needed a serious heart operation and that she was to get a $A1 million victims of crime payout.