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Depuis le 21 avril, un compte en ligne pro-Chine partage des images prétendant prouver que les jeunes Taïwanais sont “passionnés par le logo nazi”. Cependant, ces images du drapeau du parti nazi ont en fait été prises lors d’événements marginaux dans un pays qui, selon les experts, n’a pas de présence idéologique néonazie significative.

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  • Les 21 et 26 avril, un compte Twitter qui diffuse régulièrement de la propagande pro-chinoise a publié des photos d’hommes taïwanais posant avec des symboles nazis.
  • Les images sont en effet authentiques. Elles ont été prises le 20 avril, lorsque des jeunes hommes ont pris une photo avec un drapeau nazi dans un restaurant de Taipei.
  • Il y a eu d’autres incidents de ce type où des Taïwanais ont exhibé des drapeaux ou des uniformes nazis. Pourtant, selon les experts, ces incidents sont marginaux et ne prouvent pas que l’idéologie néonazie ait une présence significative à Taiwan.

Le fact-checking, en détail

“Pourquoi les jeunes de Taïwan sont-ils si passionnés par le logo Nai ?” a écrit ce compte Twitter pro-Chine dans un post le 21 avril. Le post, vu plus de 750 000 fois, contenait plusieurs images de personnes, le visage flouté, devant le drapeau nazi ou même portant des uniformes SS.

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Le 26 avril, le même compte a partagé une autre image, soi-disant d’un groupe de jeunes Taïwanais célébrant l’anniversaire d’Adolf Hitler.

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La photo contient deux drapeaux. Sur la gauche se trouve un drapeau rouge avec une croix gammée noire, la bannière du parti nazi et de l’Allemagne nazie. Sur la droite se trouve un drapeau noir avec le symbole du “soleil noir”, qui a été associé aux mouvements néo-nazis.

Un rassemblement pour célébrer l’anniversaire d’Hitler

Le message renvoie à un article du média taïwanais anglophone Taiwan News. Il précise que l’incident s’est produit le 20 avril, jour anniversaire de la naissance d’Adolf Hitler, dans un restaurant de Taichung, une ville de l’ouest de l’île.

Le récit de l’événement tel que rapporté dans l’article est conforme à celui donné par le compte Twitter pro-chinois. Mais Taiwan News ne cite qu’une seule source : un blogueur nommé James Curly, qui a pris la photo originale.

Nous avons utilisé une recherche d’image inversée (cliquez ici pour savoir comment) pour trouver le message original de James Curly.

Dans ce post, James Curly rapporte que les jeunes du restaurant avec lui se saluaient en levant les bras en guise de salut nazi.
Dans ce post, James Curly rapporte que les jeunes du restaurant avec lui se saluaient en levant les bras en guise de salut nazi. ©Facebook

Le message, partagé le 20 avril, raconte la même histoire en chinois. “Quand nous sommes allés dîner, il y avait un groupe d’hommes assis à la table voisine. […] À la fin du repas, ils ont hissé des drapeaux nazis et du soleil noir juste devant la boutique.”

Grâce aux détails caractéristiques visibles sur la photo, il est possible de géolocaliser la scène à un restaurant de fondue traditionnelle. C’est en effet dans la ville de Taichung.

Nous avons réussi à localiser la scène grâce à une autre photo du restaurant disponible sur Google Maps.  On reconnaît la même plaque de métal doré (en blanc), les motifs au sol, les guirlandes, le plat en bronze (en rouge et jaune) et l'aspect des murs.
Nous avons réussi à localiser la scène grâce à une autre photo du restaurant disponible sur Google Maps. On reconnaît la même plaque de métal doré (en blanc), les motifs au sol, les guirlandes, le plat en bronze (en rouge et jaune) et l’aspect des murs. © Observateurs

La date et le lieu semblent donc exacts, même si l’équipe des Observateurs de FRANCE 24 n’a pu vérifier ni l’identité des participants ni le motif de leur rassemblement.

Plusieurs événements réels

Les autres photos relayées par le compte Twitter pro-chinois dans son post du 21 avril proviennent toutes d’événements similaires controversés, bien documentés par la presse locale.

En bas à gauche, deux images montrant un drapeau nazi accroché dans un magasin de Taipei, la capitale de Taïwan. Publiées en janvier 2019 par un habitant américain outré, les photos ont suscité la polémique sur Instagram. Le Chabad Taipei Jewish Center, une institution juive locale, avait également commenté l’incident, condamnant l’utilisation de ces drapeaux.

Un Américain a repéré des drapeaux nazis dans cette boutique d'un quartier historique de Taipei en 2019.
Un Américain a repéré des drapeaux nazis dans cette boutique d’un quartier historique de Taipei en 2019. © Observateurs

D’autres photos partagées dans le post remontent cependant à 2016. Elles montrent un faux défilé militaire dans un lycée de la ville de Hsinchu, au sud-ouest de Taipei. Pour l’événement, les étudiants se sont déguisés en costumes rappelant les SS du régime nazi, comme en témoigne la presse locale.

Le Bureau économique et culturel d’Israël à Taipei a critiqué l’événement et le directeur de l’école a démissionné.

Sur ces images, des lycéens taïwanais sont vêtus de tenues rappelant les SS du régime nazi lors d'un événement scolaire en 2016.
Sur ces images, des lycéens taïwanais sont vêtus de tenues rappelant les SS du régime nazi lors d’un événement scolaire en 2016. © Observateurs

Ces trois événements sont donc réels, mais sans rapport. Ils se sont également produits sur une période de plusieurs années.

“L’extrême droite à Taïwan est quasi inexistante”

Ces incidents isolés sont aussi complètement déconnectés de la vie politique de l’île, explique Paul Jobin, chercheur à l’Institut de sociologie Academia Sinica, basé à Taïwan.

“L’extrême droite à Taïwan est quasi inexistante, du moins selon les normes européennes”, a-t-il expliqué. “Cela n’exclut pas un comportement parfois méprisant envers les travailleurs migrants d’Asie du Sud-Est, par exemple, mais il n’y a pas de parti politique qui l’encourage, ni même une agression raciste ouverte, comme c’est le cas des groupes néonazis en Europe.”

Le révisionnisme historique existe, mais il se concentre sur des questions spécifiques à la région, sans lien direct avec le nazisme. “Il ne s’agit pas de cela, mais plutôt des crimes de l’armée japonaise pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, ou de la terreur blanche, la période de la dictature du Parti nationaliste chinois dans les années 1950 et 1960”, a ajouté Jobin. “A Taiwan, on peut parler du chef de ce régime, Chiang Kai-shek, comme d’un dictateur, mais c’est quand même parfois difficile.”

Alors comment expliquer l’événement du 20 avril où de jeunes Taïwanais arboraient des drapeaux nazis ? Jobin a déclaré qu’il est difficile d’en savoir plus sans parler directement à ceux qui ont participé, mais que l’éducation peut jouer un rôle.

« Savent-ils ce qu’est l’Holocauste ? Ce n’est pas acquis. Mais nous ne pouvons pas les absoudre complètement, car, dans les écoles taïwanaises, Hitler est en effet décrit comme le plus grand criminel du XXe siècle.

Pourtant, les images partagées en ligne n’offrent pas de preuve concrète d’une fascination généralisée des Taïwanais pour le symbolisme nazi. Au lieu de cela, ils montrent des incidents isolés qui ne sont pas liés au climat politique de Taiwan.

Des événements marginaux similaires ont également eu lieu dans d’autres pays asiatiques où l’histoire européenne de la Seconde Guerre mondiale reste relativement peu étudiée, comme le rapporte cet article de CNN.

Article rédigé en collaboration avec Lucie Barbazanges.

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Britain’s top 25 most stunning views ranked – and it’s lake Windermere that’s No1. Is YOUR favourite view on the list?

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One of the most famous spots in the Lake District has been crowned the UK’s most stunning view.

Lake Windermere tops a 25-strong ranking of views, produced by a survey of Brits in which they picked their favourite scenic spots.

Of those surveyed, 36 per cent voted the picturesque body of water in Cumbria their top choice.

In second place on the list of British beauty spots is St Ives Bay. The crescent-shaped Cornish spot received 33 per cent of the votes.

In joint third are St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in Scotland – which all received 25 per cent of the votes.

One of the most famous spots in the Lake District has been crowned the UK's most stunning view. Lake Windermere (above) tops a 25-strong ranking of views, produced by a survey of Brits in which they picked their favourite scenic spots

One of the most famous spots in the Lake District has been crowned the UK's most stunning view. Lake Windermere (above) tops a 25-strong ranking of views, produced by a survey of Brits in which they picked their favourite scenic spots

One of the most famous spots in the Lake District has been crowned the UK’s most stunning view. Lake Windermere (above) tops a 25-strong ranking of views, produced by a survey of Brits in which they picked their favourite scenic spots 

In second place on the list is St Ives Bay (pictured). The crescent-shaped spot in Cornwall received 33 per cent of votes

In second place on the list is St Ives Bay (pictured). The crescent-shaped spot in Cornwall received 33 per cent of votes

In second place on the list is St Ives Bay (pictured). The crescent-shaped spot in Cornwall received 33 per cent of votes

The Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile-long Unesco World Heritage Site that stretches from Dorset to Devon, ranks fourth with 24 per cent of votes and in fifth place is Gothic cathedral York Minster (23 per cent).

Windermere ranking first will come as little surprise to many. One Tripadvisor reviewer said it is ‘simply stunning and a jewel in the UK’s crown’.

St Ives Bay also entrances, with one Tripadvisor reviewer declaring it ‘one of the most beautiful places in the UK’.

Third-place St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island in Mount’s Bay, near Penzance, was praised by visitors as a ‘bucket list’ destination, and fellow bronze-medal winner Cheddar Gorge has been described as ‘breathtaking’. 

St Michael's Mount (above), a tidal island in Mount's Bay near Penzance, comes joint third on the list with 25 per cent of votes

St Michael's Mount (above), a tidal island in Mount's Bay near Penzance, comes joint third on the list with 25 per cent of votes

St Michael’s Mount (above), a tidal island in Mount’s Bay near Penzance, comes joint third on the list with 25 per cent of votes

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset (pictured) comes joint third, with visitors describing the views as 'breathtaking'

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset (pictured) comes joint third, with visitors describing the views as 'breathtaking'

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset (pictured) comes joint third, with visitors describing the views as ‘breathtaking’

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park also comes third, with visitors describing the views as 'awe-inspiring'. Above is Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park also comes third, with visitors describing the views as 'awe-inspiring'. Above is Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park also comes third, with visitors describing the views as ‘awe-inspiring’. Above is Loch Lomond

The 95-mile-long Jurassic Coast ranks fourth. Pictured above is Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, which popularly refers to three chalk formations that mark the most eastern point of the Jurassic Coast

The 95-mile-long Jurassic Coast ranks fourth. Pictured above is Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, which popularly refers to three chalk formations that mark the most eastern point of the Jurassic Coast

The 95-mile-long Jurassic Coast ranks fourth. Pictured above is Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, which popularly refers to three chalk formations that mark the most eastern point of the Jurassic Coast 

Meanwhile, visitors have dubbed the third bronze-ranked view, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, as ‘awe-inspiring’. 

The Brecon Beacons, a sprawling mountain range in Wales, also appeared on the list with 22 per cent of votes (sixth).

Brits were split on their seventh choice. The following all received 21 per cent of the vote: Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, lake Buttermere and Scafell Pike mountain in the Lake District, Durdle Door in Dorset, and the Peak District view from Stanage Edge.

In joint eighth place are Stonehenge, the Shambles historic street in York, the Roman baths in Bath, and Ben Nevis, with 20 per cent each. 

In fifth place is Gothic cathedral York Minster, with 23 per cent of the vote

In fifth place is Gothic cathedral York Minster, with 23 per cent of the vote

In fifth place is Gothic cathedral York Minster, with 23 per cent of the vote

The Brecon Beacons, a sprawling mountain range in Wales, comes sixth on the list with 22 per cent of votes

The Brecon Beacons, a sprawling mountain range in Wales, comes sixth on the list with 22 per cent of votes

The Brecon Beacons, a sprawling mountain range in Wales, comes sixth on the list with 22 per cent of votes

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland comes joint seventh, with 21 per cent of votes

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland comes joint seventh, with 21 per cent of votes

Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland comes joint seventh, with 21 per cent of votes

The Lake District's lake Buttermere (above) and Scafell Pike mountain rank join seventh with Durdle Door in Dorset and the view from Stanage Edge in the Peak District

The Lake District's lake Buttermere (above) and Scafell Pike mountain rank join seventh with Durdle Door in Dorset and the view from Stanage Edge in the Peak District

The Lake District’s lake Buttermere (above) and Scafell Pike mountain rank join seventh with Durdle Door in Dorset and the view from Stanage Edge in the Peak District

Completing the top ten are Robin Hood’s Bay (ninth, 19 per cent), the Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex (joint 10th, 18 per cent), the Whitby Ruins (joint 10th, 18 per cent) and the White Cliffs of Dover (joint 10th, 18 per cent).

The poll of 2,000 people was conducted in conjunction with the launch of the Isuzu D-Max with a 4×4 drivetrain. 

George Wallis, Head of Marketing at Isuzu UK, said: ‘Our findings paint a picturesque portrait of Brits’ affection for UK beauty spots. From the majestic shores of lake Windermere to the colossal charm of the Giant’s Causeway. 

‘It’s clear everyone celebrates the stunning scenery and historic gems that make our nation shine. With the Isuzu D-Max on your side, you’ll be sure to easily navigate these breathtaking landscapes and pick up where others can’t.’

THE TOP 25 MOST STUNNING VIEWS IN BRITAIN

1. Windermere, Lake District – 36 per cent

2. St Ives Bay, Cornwall – 33 per cent

3= St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall – 25 per cent 

3= Cheddar Gorge, Somerset – 25 per cent

3= Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland – 25 per cent 

4. The Jurassic Coast – 24 per cent

5. York Minster – 23 per cent

6. Brecon Beacons, Wales – 22 per cent

7= Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland – 21 per cent

7= Buttermere, Lake District – 21 per cent  

7= Durdle Door, Dorset – 21 per cent 

7= The view at Stanage Edge in the Peak District, Derbyshire – 21 per cent

7= Scafell Pike, Lake District – 21 per cent

 

8= Stonehenge, Wiltshire – 20 per cent

8= The Shambles historic street, Yorkshire – 20 per cent

8=The Roman baths, Bath – 20 per cent

8= Ben Nevis – 20 per cent 

9. Robin Hood’s Bay, the Dinosaur Coast, Yorkshire – 19 per cent

10= Seven Sisters cliffs – 18 per cent

10= White Cliffs of Dover – 18 per cent 

10= Whitby Abbey ruins, Yorkshire – 18 per cent

11= Portmeirion in Wales – 17 per cent

11= Hadrian’s Wall, Northern England – 17 per cent

11= Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh – 17 per cent

12= Castle Combe, Cotswolds – 15 per cent

 Source: Isuzu UK

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That dizzy feeling isn’t the weed – Chinese pesticides used on pot farms linked to nausea, memory loss and even cancer

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Cannabis users who get headaches from their pot may need to look more carefully at their supply.

New research shows how some of the most popular brands on California’s dispensary shelves contain alarmingly high levels of pesticides.

They can irritate the lungs, eyes, and throat and cause rashes, headaches, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Worse still, contaminants can include chemicals linked to cancer, liver failure, thyroid disease and genetic and neurologic harm to users and unborn children.

Some chemicals have been smuggled in from China — a sign of the growing involvement of Chinese gangs in legal and contraband pot farming in the US in the wake of legalization.

A sheriff's deputy takes a worker at an illegal marijuana grow into custody in Phelan, California

A sheriff's deputy takes a worker at an illegal marijuana grow into custody in Phelan, California

A sheriff’s deputy takes a worker at an illegal marijuana grow into custody in Phelan, California

Officers gather large bags of weed after busting an illegal grow in Mt. Shasta Vista, California

Officers gather large bags of weed after busting an illegal grow in Mt. Shasta Vista, California

Officers gather large bags of weed after busting an illegal grow in Mt. Shasta Vista, California

An LA Times and WeedWeek investigation probed some of the most popular brands of vapes and pre-rolled weed in the Golden State.

Some 25 of 42 legal pot products bought from stores and tested at private labs showed concentrations of pesticides above state or federal safety levels.

Most of the pesticides found were in low concentrations that could harm people who used them regularly.

The full extent of the health threat may not be known for years, researchers warned.

Vapes were among the worst offender.

Researchers found that five well-known brands had pesticide loads above federal risk thresholds for harm from a single exposure

Some products contained as many as two dozen pesticides.

The alarming findings echo the results of other surveys these past eight months.

Cannabis farmers are understood to overuse pesticides to boost profits in a tight market.

The high-value crop needs protection from the insect infestations that thrive in greenhouses.

Meanwhile, the surging popularity of vaping has driven demand for vape oils that are made from lower-quality weed, often grown illegally.

The potency of pesticides on some farms is so strong now that state investigators are urged to wear respirators and take blood poisoning tests when they come across them.

Researchers highlighted bags of illegal Chinese-label fumigants found at a cannabis greenhouse in Siskiyou County, in northern California.

Tests revealed 10 pesticides in the unbranded product, two that can kill if inhaled.

The haul included isoprocarb, a Chinese fumigant that’s not approved for use in the US.

Customers buying weed products in fancy dispensaries have no idea that their costly product was grown using dangerous levels of pesticides

Customers buying weed products in fancy dispensaries have no idea that their costly product was grown using dangerous levels of pesticides

Customers buying weed products in fancy dispensaries have no idea that their costly product was grown using dangerous levels of pesticides

The study focussed on California, but raises concerns for weed users across the country who could be inhaling similar chemicals.

Marijuana is fully legal – for adult recreational and medicinal use – in 29 states. It is fully illegal in four states.

Laws in the remaining states are mixed, meaning the drug may be permitted for medicinal use, allowed only in the form of CBD oil, be decriminalized or be a combination of these.

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According to Pew Research, half of US adults say they have used pot, and nearly a quarter say they’ve used it in the past year.

There has been a notable uptick in recent years in the number of grows linked to Chinese nationals.

Some of these have popped up recently in such states as Maine and Oklahoma, with their looser rules and lax enforcement.

Fifty members of Congress in February wrote to the Department of Justice asking for more information about illegal marijuana cultivation linked to Chinese nationals.

The pesticides report is not the first scare for cannabis users.

Dozens of weed products, including buds and rollups, were recalled last month due to the discovery of a toxic mold that is linked to lung infections.

California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) reported that the products might be filled with aspergillus – a fungus that grows on plants when they aren’t stored or dried properly.

Inhaling aspergillus can cause a wide range of health issues including coughing up blood, asthma attacks, headaches, weight loss and in extreme cases, death.

There were 13 overall products that were subject to mandatory recalls including Northern Emerald’s Tyson Undisputed Cannabis Flower, a brand promoted by professional boxer Mike Tyson.

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The Royals who shop in Co-op: As Edward and Sophie celebrate 25 years together, REBECCA ENGLISH reveals the key to their barrier-breaking success

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When Sophie and Edward tied the knot on June 19, 1999, they had already broken several significant royal barriers.

Having dated Edward for six years, the then Sophie Rhys-Jones was the first royal girlfriend ever to be permitted to stay overnight at Buckingham Palace as an unmarried woman — still a shocking proposition at the time.

What’s more, as the daughter of a tyre salesman from Kent she was, to use criminally old-fashioned parlance, a ‘commoner’ (let us not forget, when he was born, Edward was, by comparison, third in line to the throne).

And the couple’s insistence on not giving up their day jobs — she in PR and he in television production — was equally unheard of in royal circles.

But perhaps most notable was the fact that they were optimistically embarking on married life at a time when Edward’s three siblings — Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne — had all just seen their first marriages sadly end in divorce.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour at the weekend

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour at the weekend

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour at the weekend

And yet against the odds, Sophie and Edward — who were made the Earl and Countess of Wessex when they wed but have since been ‘promoted’ to Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh by the King — will tomorrow celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

In royal circles they are known as a universally happy couple who have barely (certainly not since the notorious ‘Fake Sheikh’ scandal of the late 1990s in which Sophie was duped by an undercover reporter into making indiscreet comments about the then Prince Charles, Tony Blair and William Hague, and subsequently chose to give up her PR business) put a foot wrong.

They have two children, James, now Earl of Wessex, who is currently undertaking his GCSEs and Lady Louise, an English literature student at St Andrews University who, family friends tell me, is turning into a confident young woman.

They plan to celebrate 25 years of marriage in typically low-key style, I can reveal, with a group of close pals at Royal Ascot (and not even in the royal carriage procession).

It is this careful balancing of their positions as full-time working royals with a strong sense of duty, together with their life as partners and parents, that is the secret to their success, say friends.

Prince Edward embraces Sophie after she delivered a speech on international women's day

Prince Edward embraces Sophie after she delivered a speech on international women's day

Prince Edward embraces Sophie after she delivered a speech on international women’s day

‘They are a real team,’ one life-long friend of the couple tells me. ‘There’s an equilibrium in the relationship, neither one is jealous of the other. In fact they take great pride in the other’s achievements.

‘When Sophie undertook a 450-mile cycling challenge a few years ago from Edinburgh to London there was no one prouder than the prince, I can tell you.’

According to Sophie, 59, who paid a remarkable public tribute to her husband on his 60th birthday in March, it’s also the fact that he is ‘the best of the fathers and the most loving of husbands’.

She sweetly described Edward as her ‘best friend’ — and unhesitatingly admitted that she still fancies him in a uniform.

For Edward’s part, in an exclusive interview with me to mark his landmark birthday, he notably came alive as he discussed his wife.

‘Well, you need a really good supportive network in this and family is incredibly important. I am just very, very lucky that Sophie is a brilliant, brilliant person in her own right,’ he told me, smiling from ear to ear.

Friends say the prince has never taken for granted what Sophie took on when she married him, after they famously first met at a ‘real tennis’ tournament she was doing the PR for and he was playing in.

The couple attend a D-Day Remembrance service for veterans in Alrewas, Staffordshire

The couple attend a D-Day Remembrance service for veterans in Alrewas, Staffordshire

The couple attend a D-Day Remembrance service for veterans in Alrewas, Staffordshire

Prince Edward waves at crowds on the day of his wedding to Sophie on June 19, 1999

Prince Edward waves at crowds on the day of his wedding to Sophie on June 19, 1999

Prince Edward waves at crowds on the day of his wedding to Sophie on June 19, 1999

Their close friend Mark Foster-Brown, who has known Edward since their days at Cambridge University (and was also a guest at the tournament when they first met) agrees, adding: ‘I just feel that there is a particular pride in him at what she does and how she does it. That’s very bonding, it would be in any marriage, and it certainly is in theirs.’

Sophie has become an acclaimed campaigner for men and women who are victims of sexual violence in war and recently became the first British royal to travel to Ukraine to highlight this untold story of the current conflict.

Edward, meanwhile, has taken on the mantle of his late father, not just in name but in many of the public duties he once undertook, particularly with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

While the couple would insist they aren’t doing anything particularly different nowadays — it’s just that people have started to notice it more in a slimmed-down monarchy — there’s little doubt their star is in the ascendance.

Outside work they are both very much country sorts, adoring their dogs, walking and riding.

They’re also keen skiers. Edward, in particular, is ‘irritatingly good’ and utterly ‘fearless’, says one friend. Sophie did a season on the slopes after leaving school and isn’t far behind.

The couple are known too to enjoy ‘bucket and spade’ family holidays in places such as the Isles of Scilly.

One family friend who has holidayed with them recalls a member of the public once coming up to Edward to tell him that he was a ‘dead ringer’ for the Queen’s youngest son — clearly not thinking for a second that the man queuing up to get supplies in the Co-op could ever have been him.

Above all, Sophie and Edward laugh a lot.

‘There is always something for them to giggle about,’ says a pal.

Prince William, Princess Charlotte, King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince Edward and Sophie watch the RAF flypast in 2023

Prince William, Princess Charlotte, King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince Edward and Sophie watch the RAF flypast in 2023

Prince William, Princess Charlotte, King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince Edward and Sophie watch the RAF flypast in 2023

It’s unsurprising to many in royal circles that they have become role models to the Prince and Princess of Wales, who greatly admire the way they have brought up their children out of the public spotlight (at one point 16th-in-line-to-the-throne Louise even had a job working in a local garden centre for £6.83 an hour).

Sophie, in particular, has become a reliable ‘sounding board’ for Kate and their relationship has gone from strength to strength, while William enjoys an easy relationship with his uncle (which cannot be said for his dealings with Andrew).

On Monday, William was paired with Edward at the Order of the Garter service, while Sophie was seen giving him a reassuring pat on the back after the family’s moving appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Saturday, Kate’s first public appearance since her cancer diagnosis. Sophie was also seen laughing with the princess and her children at Horse Guards.

The foursome are only expected to support each other more in the years to come as the Royal Family’s youngest working royals.

Certainly, the way Edward and Sophie have supported each other since their marriage at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, two and a half decades ago, is testimony to the strength of their union.

As their friend, Mr Foster Brown, tells me: ‘The day of their wedding was the most extraordinary experience. For all of us at the time, it felt like it was an amazing thing to be part of. Here we are, 25 years later, and all of the hopes and expectations that we had on that day have been fulfilled.

‘And that’s quite something because, let’s face it, not everyone can say that.’

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Apple shutting down popular feature just a year after launching in major blow for iPhone users

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Apple has shut down a popular feature just one year after launching it in a major blow to iPhone users.

The tech giant pulled its ‘buy now, pay later’ feature from Apple Pay, which let users take out loans for purchases up to $1,000 and pay them off in four installments across six weeks.

While the option is no longer available, consumers who have existing loans won’t be affected.

Apple’s decision to cancel its ‘buy now, pay later’ service comes as it said it plans to introduce a similar program in the fall allowing users to access loans provided by eligible credit and debit card companies. 

Apple announced it was canceling the 'pay later' option on Tuesday, but clarified that people who have taken out existing loans won't be affected.

Apple announced it was canceling the 'pay later' option on Tuesday, but clarified that people who have taken out existing loans won't be affected.

Apple announced it was canceling the ‘pay later’ option on Tuesday, but clarified that people who have taken out existing loans won’t be affected. 

‘Starting later this year, users across the globe will be able to access installment loans offered through credit and debit cards, as well as lenders, when checking out with Apple Pay,’ Apple told 9to5Mac.

Instead of working as a lender itself, Apple will focus on helping users secure other loan options that ‘will enable us to bring flexible payments to more users, in more places across the globe, in collaboration with Apple Pay-enabled banks and lenders,’ the company added.

This option will be available in the US with the Discover credit card and retail loan lenders Synchrony Financial and Fiserv Solutions that can be accessed directly through Apple Pay.

The new feature will also allow users to apply for a loan with Affirm – a buy now, pay later lender that offers short-term loans for both online and in-store purchases. 

Users will be able to add the loan option during checkout that will give them the ability to apply for the loan through a credit card and loan service or directly through Affirm.

The new loan feature will still omit any hidden fees, offer zero percent interest and allow users to split payments into four installments to be paid over six weeks.

According to a June survey by LendingTree, about 13 percent of 889 respondents said they had used Apple’s buy now, pay later feature while one in three Americans said they have considered applying for an installment loan.

Users in Australia, Spain and the UK – which previously did not have access to Apple’s buy now, pay later feature – will also have access to installment options starting in the fall.

The 'buy now, pay later' feature (pictured) allowed users to split payments up to $1,000 into four installments that would be paid off within six weeks

The 'buy now, pay later' feature (pictured) allowed users to split payments up to $1,000 into four installments that would be paid off within six weeks

The ‘buy now, pay later’ feature (pictured) allowed users to split payments up to $1,000 into four installments that would be paid off within six weeks

Apple rolled out ‘early access’ to the feature in March 2023, issuing the loans itself, but it didn’t officially launch until October.

The partnership with its former competitor Affirm could help the company expand its loan program to offer longer-term installment options, according to JPMorgan analyst Reginald Smith.

‘Affirm does not expect a meaningful impact on FY25 revenue . . . but it is hard to imagine adding a platform of this magnitude doesn’t move the needle,’ Smith wrote last week, according to the Financial Times.

The shift to partner with Affirm and other credit and debit card companies to replace the buy now, pay later option was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in California last week.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Apple for comment.

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