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Meghan Markle and Harry may MISS Philip's funeral due to quarantine and doctor advice
MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry may miss Prince Philip's funeral due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the Duchess' pregnancy.However, current Government regulations on overseas travel and the Duchess of Sussex's pregnancy may make it impossible for the Sussexes to attend the funeral.
The 'shellfish war' between the UK and the EU moved closer to a resolution last night after fishermen around the country were given the green light to export their catches to the continent.
No 10 was left furious earlier this year when the EU suddenly announced a ban on the export of live mussels, oysters, clams and cockles in what was viewed as an act of revenge for Brexit.
The European Commission said it would not accept crustaceans fished from Britain's so-called Class-B waters – which account for the vast majority of the produce – on the grounds of 'purity', despite Ministers being able to point to correspondence in which Brussels assured the UK that the exports would be allowed if accompanied by the right health certificate.
Prince Harry is the spitting image of his late grandfather – see the photo
Prince Harry is the spitting image of Prince Philip – see sweet photo
But now, in a review, the independent Food Standards Agency has upgraded the waters off Kent, Essex, Devon, Cornwall and Northumberland to Class A.
So shellfish caught there can avoid the EU ban without further purification treatment because they are deemed safe enough for direct consumption.
A Government source said: 'The ban on the import of shellfish from Class-B waters was without scientific or technical justification.
'They effectively changed the law to justify their position in blocking the trade, despite clear indications that the export from Class-B waters for purification could continue after the transition period.
Royal Family LIVE: Philip used final weeks to prepare Charles - Held ‘heartfelt' talks
PRINCE PHILIP used the final weeks of his life to prepare his son for not only his passing but the new role he will now take up.A source told the Daily Mirror: "The Duke was doing everything he could to get out of hospital but he summoned his son to have a discussion that was both full and frank, yet heartfelt - and, truth be told, neither of them were sure it would not be their last meeting.
'This resulted in damage to markets on both sides of the Channel.'
Addressing suspicions that Ministers manipulated the system to foil the EU, the source added: 'The independent review was conducted according to long-standing and stringent protocols on health standards.
'The UK is a world leader in environmental and health standards, and we take our responsibilities on food exports extremely seriously.
'More produce from UK waters will now be eligible for export to the EU again, boosting the British fishing industry.'
Environment Secretary George Eustice had been so infuriated by the Brussels ban that he considered blocking imports of fashionable mineral waters such as San Pellegrino and Perrier in retaliation by ending Britain's 'rollover recognition' of natural mineral waters.
EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides – or 'Calamity Kyriakides' as she is dubbed in Whitehall – has refused demands from Mr Eustice to meet to resolve the dispute.
One Minister has said privately the rows were due to Brussels 'trying to punish us for daring to become a nation state'.
Royal Family LIVE: Harry 'couldn't wait' to leave UK to return to Meghan after Queen snub .
PRINCE HARRY "is happy to be back" home in California with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie, according to an insider.An insider told US Weekly, an American magazine, Harry was keen to get back to his wife in the States.