The first five years of a child’s life are the most crucial – so why do we consistently underestimate their importance?

Trying to pull the threads together, the Princess has taken on patronages to support children and children’s hospitals, mothers and maternity services. In 2021, she set up her Centre for Early Childhood in a small, modern office in central London. She has visited beleaguered services for morale-boosting engagements, flown to Denmark to see the many … Read more

I’m determined to nurture our children in their first crucial years of life. They are our future

Over the past 10 years, talking to a wide range of experts about how we deal with societal issues like poor mental and physical health, I have become more and more sure of one thing: if we are going to create a healthier and happier society for future generations, we must start by understanding and … Read more

‘I’m relieved I got cancer last year – now, I couldn’t cope with chemo and energy costs’

Within a few months they were rapidly burning through their savings and Potts was terrified. She found herself constantly monitoring the thermostat and becoming obsessed with how cold it was getting and how her heating bills would rise. “Neither of us really wanted to claim benefits,” she says, dabbing tears from her eyes. “We’re proud … Read more

The empty nesters taking in other people’s children

Blame Britain’s current economic woes. Many landlords sold up during the pandemic, reducing the number of rental properties. And those landlords that remain, hit with rising inflation and increased mortgage interest rates, are passing their costs on to tenants. As a result, it is becoming more difficult for young people to access private rentals, which, … Read more

The death of Leonora Knatchbull and the tragic saga that played out at the heart of British aristocracy

Doctors felt she was improving. Her parents took her and her siblings on holiday that summer, on a Mediterranean cruise with Charles, Diana and princes William and Harry, but she relapsed soon afterwards. Diana made a final visit to her goddaughter at London’s St Bartholomew’s Hospital later that year and Leonora died on 22 October … Read more

What the pandemic that’s killed millions means for us

But what of the impact on us humans? How might the avian flu pandemic impact food supplies and prices, not least at Christmas?  And what are the risks to people? The World Health Organisation (WHO) has long warned that a bird flu that jumps to humans represents the biggest single pandemic risk we face.  Does … Read more

Fear, loathing and Labradors: Rachel Johnson’s memories of The Lady

A new ed was the fourth since I’d been booted upstairs a decade ago. A churn to compete with Tory prime ministers but – unlike our whiplashing politics – The Lady magazine, founded as “a journal for gentlewomen”, was not supposed to be tumultuous. It was supposed to be sedate and serenely read by upstairs … Read more

Dame Kate Bingham: ‘Downing Street was indifferent about vaccines’

She stresses that the UK clearly has more manufacturing capacity than it did – the Government bought and repurposed a veterinary vaccine plant in Essex, for instance, while Moderna is setting up an mRNA vaccine manufacturing plant. Britain also invested in training, and expanded vaccine testing facilities at Porton Down.  “Is it enough? That’s a … Read more