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Friday morning UK news briefing: Prince Harry and Meghan 'not informed' of bullying inquiry

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Sussexes 'not informed' of Palace bullying inquiry

Myanmar's police have been filmed mercilessly beating a volunteer ambulance crew in one of multiple social media videos documenting a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests. CCTV footage captured in the commercial city of Yangon showed armed police stopping an ambulance at gunpoint in the city's north Okkakapa township and forcing three medics out of the vehicle before repeatedly smashing them in the head with rifle butts and kicking them. Read more on the deadliest day of anti-coup protests and view more pictures from around the world.

Comment and analysis

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Business and money briefing

Bullying claims | Deloitte's diversity champion Dimple Agarwal, one of the firm's most senior UK consultants, is being investigated over accusations of bullying and inappropriate working practices.

Sport briefing

India v England | Ben Stokes was accused of abusing Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj as England struggled to contain their frustrations on a dismal first day of the fourth Test. The tourists' batting once again let them down as they were skittled out for 205, severely denting their hopes of securing a 2-2 draw in the series. Follow the latest from day two.

Tonight's dinner  

Pugliese fish tiella | Layers of fish, rice and sliced potatoes create a satisfying meal. View the recipe and try Cookbook newsletter.

And finally... for this morning's downtime

'We knew that Dad might not come home' | The first woman to join the Red Arrows was inspired by her father's capture during the Gulf War. Kirsty Murphy tells Joe Shute about growing up in an RAF family and the trauma of seeing colleagues killed in accidents.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not been contacted about the investigation into claims Meghan bullied her staff during her time as a working royal. The couple expect to be notified if formal allegations are made against them by Buckingham Palace, it is understood, amid accusations their staff were bullied and left "broken", "terrified" and "shaking" with fear. Downing Street has said Boris Johnson has full confidence in his top civil servant after it was claimed he knew about the Duchess's alleged bullying. Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was reportedly aware of allegations in his capacity as the Duke of Cambridge's private secretary in 2018. Here are the key figures at the centre of the claims.

All this comes ahead of this weekend's Oprah Winfrey interview with the Sussexes, with a preview clip showing the Duchess accusing the Palace of "perpetuating falsehoods". Victoria Ward examines all the claims made so far by the couple while Camilla Tominey analyses what comes next for them. Here is how to watch the interview while Matt takes the royal rift to new levels. Yet amid all the accusations, one precious, and potentially telling, detail has been overlooked from the Oprah interview clips: the necklace the Duchess chose to wear while "speaking her truth". Sarah Royce-Greensill analyses how it could be a hidden olive branch.

Households face extra £100 on council tax bill

Householders face a £7.5 billion council tax raid after local authorities increased rates without consultation, according to an analysis by the Office for Budget Responsibility. The OBR said councils would increase taxes by £1.8bn next month – up to £100 a year for many households – after the Government allowed them to impose increases of up to 5pc. It comes as David Gauke, former Tory Chief Treasury Secretary when George Osborne was chancellor, said Rishi Sunak's corporation tax rise marks a "significant departure" from Conservative principles. Elsewhere, healthcare leaders have criticised a proposed NHS pay increase of around 1pc as a "kick in the teeth" that could worsen staffing gaps.

Jeremy Paxman says 'any fool' could be a newsreader

Huw Edwards and the BBC's roster of newsreaders regularly feature on the broadcaster's list of top earners. But Jeremy Paxman has suggested they are not worth the money, claiming that "any fool" can read the news because the work requires no "grandeur or skill". The University Challenge presenter, who left Newsnight in 2014 after 25 years on the current affairs programme, has belittled some of the highest-paid figures at the corporation. Read more of his tirade against BBC colleagues.

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Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Military overhaul | The head of the Armed Forces will remain in post until the end of the year to oversee an overhaul of the military, Number 10 will announce on Friday. The Telegraph understands Downing Street will confirm that General Sir Nick Carter's tenure as Chief of the Defence Staff will be extended until the end of the year so that he can lead the transformation of the military following the Integrated Defence Review.

Around the world: Myanmar police attack medics

Football news:

Negotiations between Manchester United and Varane are at an advanced stage. Real Madrid believe that he will not renew his contract
The disqualification should be for a year, or even for life. Let's get racism out of football. Ex-Scotland striker Ivelumo about Kudele
Coutinho will not return-this is the third operation on the meniscus. What's going on with his knee?
PSG want to announce a new contract for Neymar before the games with City in the Champions League. The agreement will last until 2027
Felix Kroos on his brother's composure: You can call Tony 5 minutes before the World Cup final and chat
Sorokin about 10 matches of suspension for Kudela: An ambiguous situation, but the decision of UEFA is correct
Jan about penalty City: According to the rules, this is not a hand game. In the first match, a goal was stolen from us. Bad taste