Louis van Gaal has his sights set on an emotional World Cup run as the Netherlands' outspoken coach prepares for Saturday's final 16 clash with the United States.
If Van Gaal's team makes it to the last stages of the World Cup in Qatar, it would provide one of the most moving stories of the tournament.
The 71-year-old came out of retirement to coach the Netherlands last year despite his harrowing battle with aggressive prostate cancer.
Van Gaal had been out of the game since being sacked by Manchester United in 2016, but the combative manager remains a force of nature, as he showed by leading the Netherlands to the knockout stage of the World Cup after undergoing a successful treatment for your disease.
The Dutch topped Group A with wins over Senegal and Qatar and a draw against Ecuador.
Now they face the United States at the Khalifa International Stadium in hopes of getting one step closer to winning the World Cup for the first time.
The current crop of Oranje may not rank alongside the Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit eras that established the Netherlands as purveyors of soccer in its purest form.
But Van Gaal, in his third term as Netherlands coach, rates the 2022 squad as the most talented of his reigns.
Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk, Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and emerging PSV Eindhoven striker Cody Gakpo give the Netherlands a formidable backbone.
Van Gaal claims the Netherlands could win the World Cup because his team has a "higher average quality" than the group he led to the semifinals in Brazil in 2014.
That blunt assessment has been dismissed as hyperbole by fans of the World Cup favorites such as Brazil, France and England.
However, it was in keeping with Van Gaal's scorched earth management approach.
Never shy about voicing his views to club presidents, players or the media, Van Gaal has been in a typically scathing mood at the World Cup. Criticized after the 2-0 win against Qatar for failing to play the expansive style the Dutch consider his birthright, Van Gaal did not hold back.
"I'm not going to elaborate because I think you have a different opinion of football," he told a reporter.
"Why don't you write what you think is terribly boring and go home tomorrow because you couldn't care less?
" – Sharp tongue – When another reporter told Van Gaal that fans were “gnashing their teeth” on social media over the exhibitions, Van Gaal added: “That's disappointing, but I don't agree with you.
“That is your opinion, but I don't think your opinion is correct.
I think everyone would be pretty proud that we're advancing to the next round.
"I think things are not as bad as you say.
Regardless of his ill-tempered tongue, Van Gaal's record commands respect.
After taking charge of Ajax in 1991, he led a golden era fueled by his development of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and the De Boer brothers.
Van Gaal won three Dutch titles, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup with Ajax, allowing him to move to Barcelona, where trophies and tantrums followed in equal measure.
The failure to lead the Netherlands to the 2002 World Cup dented Van Gaal's reputation before volatile spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
At the 2014 World Cup, Van Gaal's counterintuitive genius was on full display when he dispatched Tim Krul just before a penalty shootout against Costa Rica and watched as the substitute goalkeeper saved two penalties to clinch the team's place in the semifinals.
Van Gaal's two years with Manchester United were blighted by underachieving star signings.
But, in what could be his last act as manager, leading the Netherlands to the round of 16 secured the plucky Van Gaal a place in the World Cup spotlight for at least one more game.
The big idea about Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) is that health services should not be a luxury, and everyone, everywhere, should receive the quality healthcare they need without suffering financial hardship.
To achieve this objective, Gombe State Governor, Mr Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, recently commissioned the first primary healthcare (PHC) centre, Doma PHC, at Jekadafari ward, located in Gombe Local Government Area (LGA).
During the unveiling of the centre, the Governor said the construction of the PHC in the ward is in line with the nation’s and World Health Organization’s (WHO) priorities to ensure access to health care for all, particularly the poor, thus contributing to overall national productivity.
Present at the unveiling was the WHO Country Representative, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo.
Mr Yahaya said the provision of a functional health facility in the ward will facilitate easy access to health services for vulnerable people, improve immunization coverage, provide basic curative services, and maternal and child health services, as well as preventive services.
“We are intentional about providing a PHC in each ward across the state and will continue to collaborate effectively with WHO to ensure everyone, everywhere have access to healthcare services closer to their doorsteps,” he said.
The governor commended WHO for being a reliable partner to the state in delivering health care services to people across the state.
Applauding the state government for its efforts, Dr Mulombo said providing a PHC facility in the ward underscores WHO’s priorities on UHC because that is the way to ensure everyone has access to basic health services.
He said the WHO will continue to support the state to provide quality health care services to the people, especially those who are vulnerable.
According to WHO scaling up PHC interventions in Nigeria could save the lives of millions and increase average life expectancy by 3.7 years by 2030.
In Gombe state, WHO has supported the capacity building of 600 health care workers on health service delivery and outbreak response, and donated cholera kits to the state.
During the peak of malaria seasons, WHO provided prophylaxis drugs to 813 169 children between the ages of 3 and 59 months.
Meanwhile, Dr Mulombo, in an earlier visit to Biu, a town and LGA located in the southern part of Borno state, paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Biu, Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha.
During the meeting, Dr Mulombo highglihted the historic role that traditional leaders played in polio eradication and presently, efforts to improve immunization in the region.
Dr Mulombo briefed the Emir on how WHO supports the region to access quality health services by expanding the Biu General Hospital to offer healthcare services to the community.
“When diseases spread, they spread in the communities and individuals in such communities need the right to quality health services.
The expanded segment of the hospital will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to cater to thousands of people living in the community,” he said.
Given the level of influence of traditional and political leaders within the communities, WHO has been strategically engaging with them to achieve the 2023 Triple Billion Targets ‒ that is, 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage; 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being.
The Emir applauded the WHO for its collaboration with Borno State Government to improve the quality of health services available to the people of his community.
“We will be more than happy to continue to strengthen our collaboration with WHO as the current partnership and ongoing project will not only improve the health of the people living in the locality but will also cater to individuals living in other neighboring LGAs and states as well,” he said.
WHO interventions in both states are conducted with funding from the government of Germany, the United States Agency for International Development, the Nigerian Humanitarian Funds, Bill and Melinda Gates, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies, the European Union, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, the government of Canada, and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.
2022 has seen the inauguration of Prof Bismark Tyobeka as the third vice-chancellor of the North-West University (www.NWU.ac.za) and the start of a new era at the South African institution.
The university will seek to scale up its impact on society through its internationalisation agenda and increased public-private partnerships in research and education.
Prof Tyobeka says that since the inception of the NWU the university has lived up to the demands and expectations of its stakeholders.
“However, we can do more.
We are poised to achieve even more and to continue to play a key role in finding solutions for societal problems to unlock opportunities for our stakeholders.
Therefore, we must strengthen our resolve to be an internationally recognised university in Africa, distinguished for engaged scholarship, academic excellence and an ethic of care.”The vice-chancellor stated that the inauguration marks the start of a journey that will be characterised by the consolidation of the NWU’s successes and the repositioning of the university to explore new frontiers and opportunities – nationally and internationally.
Key Opportunities at North-West UniversityProf Tyobeka has announced a focus on key issues which will shape the future of North-West University and, by extension, its impact on South Africa and the African continent:Internationalisation and Africanisation.
Strategic collaboration initiatives towards improving food security within North West province.
Exploring the feasibility of a school of mines and mining engineering, and deploying innovative solutions towards energy and water security on the university’s campuses.
Public-private partnerships and the diversification of income streams.
The establishment of medical and veterinary schools.
Increasing graduate employability and entrepreneurship development.
The decolonisation of the curriculum and the sustained impact on the NWU’s research and community engagement programmes.
Prof Tyobeka said “We wish to make an impactful contribution towards building the capacity of the state, including through the partnerships that we have recently been involved in, such as the one we have with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) (https://bit.ly/3ioN5JJ).
Strengthening relations and cooperation with local government will also receive our special attention.”North-West University has long been fostering a culture of research & development.
Recently, researchers at the university have been working with colleagues from private sector companies to jointly develop, commercialise and patent products.
The university is recognised in particular for quality subject offerings in the fields of atmospheric science, clinical medicine, education, hospitality and tourism management, and public health.
In addition to research projects with private industry, the university has engaged with African governments on environmental and engineering science research projects.
The North-West University Content Hub published on AfricaLive (https://bit.ly/3FkGwBj) now serves as a guide to the critical research at the university that can uplift the region and the African continent.
Key projects at the university include:Using nanotechnology for food security and environmental protection (https://bit.ly/3VzOOKB)One of the most challenging anxieties of the 21st century is safeguarding food security for the world’s exponentially growing population, as stipulated by goal 2 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to projections, the global food demand is expected to rise between 60 to 98% by 2050, with a population of more than 9 billion.
Under this irreversible pressure, demand for cereals is projected to reach 3 billion tonnes by 2050.
It is worth noting that in sub-Saharan Africa, increased use of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) fertilizers and chemical pesticides is associated with meeting SDGs to improve agricultural productivity and end malnutrition and hunger.
Now, a team of seven postgraduate students and three academic staff at the NWU are using this approach, coupled with nanotechnology, to secure future food supply while protecting our environment.
North-West University on the quest to save our freshwater sources (https://bit.ly/3F7tjvj)South Africa's freshwater sources are under pressure from various kinds of contaminants, and NWU researchers are searching for ways to keep track of some of the more elusive pollutants.
Prof Rialet Pieters, a researcher in the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, is an ecotoxicologist whose interests lie in organic chemical pollutants and their harmful effects on humans and wildlife.
Studies have determined that the quality of available freshwater is declining rapidly because of changing weather patterns, as well as human-related activity.
Night-time cooking with solar is possible with thermal energy storage (https://bit.ly/3iqr2mg)With the aid of thermal energy storage systems it is possible to use solar cookers to prepare hot meals at night.
Some systems perform better than others though, and there is room for improvement.
This is according to Prof Ashmore Mawire of the Solar Thermal research group at the NWU.
He recently gave a public lecture at which he presented past and recent research results of the group, which is located in the Material Science Innovation and Modelling (MaSIM) research focus area.
NWU Heads SA Core Team in Fight against Neuromuscular Diseases (https://bit.ly/3EMh8CL)The social and economic impact of neuromuscular diseases (NMDs) is staggering.
These diseases, which include motor neuron disease and muscular dystrophies, can cause premature death or lifelong disability and are believed to affect one in every 400 people – meaning about 20 million children and adults across the globe.
There is hope on the international front, however.
Precise genetic diagnoses, gene discoveries and new therapies are having a positive impact on patient care and well-being in developed countries.
This is not yet the case in developing countries with under-studied populations such as South Africa, where more research is desperately needed to develop effective genetic diagnoses and treatments for rare inherited disorders such as NMDs.This is where the North-West University (NWU) is playing an important role, both as partner in an international collaborative study and as coordinator of the core South African team that will investigate NMD in the region.
The Plastic Problem: NWU Researchers highlight Major Data Gaps (https://bit.ly/3gH1JeY)Researchers at the university discovered major data gaps related to marine plastic pollution produced in South Africa.
The research highlighted that in order to tailor a plastic policy for the country, more spatial and temporal data are needed (especially for freshwater bodies).
This will determine areas in need of protection, areas under highest threat, and processes that may be targeted for intervention.
Putting Edible Insects on the Menu (https://bit.ly/3ubBTmG)Many South Africans perceive insects as disease-carriers and crop destroyers, instead of noting the crucial role they play in food security, soil improvement, nutrition and pollination.
In fact, in the North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, flying ants, grasshoppers, mopane worms, African metallic wood-boring beetles and edible stinkbugs are delicacies.
To educate the public about this multi-million Rand industry, researchers from the North-West University (NWU) and Rikkyo University in Japan were tasked with decoding indigenous knowledge systems of the mopane worm and the edible stinkbug for the school curriculum.
Getting the Most Out Of Medicinal Plant Extracts With Nanotechnology (https://bit.ly/3XKvoVd)A North-West University (NWU) graduate is bringing together age-old plant knowledge and the latest nanotechnology to make the most of medicinal plant extracts.
According to a United States National Nanotechnology Initiative, nanotechnology is currently revolutionising the technology and industrial sectors.
These include information technology, homeland security, medicine, transportation, energy, food safety and environmental science, among many others.
MSc graduate Pule Silent Seboletswe recently conducted research into how nanotechnology can help in finding solutions for problems related to the use of natural products for therapeutic purposes.
Evaluating the Potential Of South African Medicinal Plants As A Treatment For Depression (https://bit.ly/3imG3Fy)North-West University (NWU) academic Dr Makhotso Lekhooa is investigating the possibility that an indigenous plant can be used to treat depression.
This research is very applicable as the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that 4,4% of the global population suffers from depression, while in South Africa this percentage amounts to 4,6 %.
Moreover, South-Africa also has a poor response rate, with less than 50% of patients achieving remission and battling adverse side effects.
Dr Lekhooa’s research topic was “Evaluating the effects of South African medicinal plants such as Sceletium tortuosum in an animal model of depression”.
NWU Researcher Collaborates In International Fungi Study (https://bit.ly/3ASQVkY)The fungus that spoils bread does not work alone.
It has guests hidden deep within its cells – bacteria – with whom it has a mutually beneficial relationship that can be positive or negative for humans.
Understanding and modifying this relationship can have a profound impact on the food, medical and agricultural industries.
This is the focus of a four-year international collaboration between the North-West University (NWU) and two universities in the United States.
Tree Plantations are Harming Ecosystems (https://bit.ly/3gGEVfA)Replacing native forests with tree plantations is harming the soil at a microbial level by having an impact on soil fertility and the health of the planet.
This is one of the conclusions of North-West University (NWU) academic Prof Olubukola Oluranti Babalola – who along with Dr Adenike Eunice Amoo – recently conducted ground-breaking research to investigate the impact of land-use change on soil bacterial communities and characteristics.
“Soil microbial communities are an important part of ecosystems and possess the capability to improve ecosystem services.
However, several aspects of the ecology of forest soil bacterial communities are still unknown,” says Prof Babalola.
Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski head into Wednesday’s showdown between Argentina and Poland with the futures of what could be their final World Cup adventures hanging in the balance.
Either one of two of the biggest stars of European club football could fail to qualify for the knockout stages in Qatar and end their careers without tasting glory at the most prestigious tournament of all.
Messi has already netted twice in his last attempt to emulate Diego Maradona and win the World Cup for Argentina and is trying to drag the Albiceleste out of Group C after they were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening match.
Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 to salvage their campaign and sit second, level on three points with the Saudis and one behind leaders Poland and only a win will guarantee that 35-year-old Messi’s Qatar campaign continues into December.
An Argentine exit would devastate fans back home and a worldwide army of Messi fans desperate to see him lift the World Cup. It would also be a fitting climax to the career of one of football’s greatest-ever players, but coach Lionel Scaloni sees such histrionics as unnecessary.
“It’s hard to make people understand that the sun will rise tomorrow, win or lose,” he said after his side beat Mexico to get their challenge back on track.
“What matters is how you do things.
”Lewandowski was brought to tears by fulfilling his “childhood dream” of scoring his first-ever World Cup goal in what was his fifth match at the finals, a 2-0 win over the Saudis.
The Barcelona forward knows he might not get another chance on this stage should the Poles exit the tournament on Wednesday.
“I’m aware it might be my last World Cup and I wanted to be able to say that I’ve played and scored at World Cups,” said the 34-year-old.
Lewandowski is a safer bet to make the last 16 as Poland will be through with a win or a draw, and even if they lose they are only sure to be knocked out if the Saudis beat Mexico.
Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz insisted it wasn’t simply a contest between the forwards despite the inevitable focus on the two big stars.
“It’s not only a match between Lewandowski and Messi, it’s not tennis,” he said.
– USA send Iran out –On Tuesday, the United States reached the knockout phase by beating Iran 1-0 in a battle of geopolitical foes, earning a second-round meeting with the Netherlands.
Christian Pulisic’s winner in the 38th minute of an absorbing contest in Doha eliminated the Iranians.
The meeting of the bitter ideological rivals had been marked by a bad-tempered buildup, with Iran’s Football Federation demanding on Sunday that FIFA punish US Soccer for posting a modified version of their country’s flag on social media.
The defeat ended a fraught campaign for Iran, whose every move in Qatar has been scrutinised for signs the players are showing support for mass anti-government protests that have shaken the Islamic republic.
“The dream is over,” coach Carlos Queiroz said.
“Unfortunately football always punishes the team that doesn’t score.
” The Americans finished two points behind England in Group B after Gareth Southgate’s team cruised past Wales 3-0 in a one-sided ‘Battle of Britain’ decided by a Marcus Rashford brace and another strike from Manchester City star Phil Foden.
Rashford said his double, which included a stunning free-kick to open the scoring in the 50th minute at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, was “what I play football for”.
“I have massive ambition for this team and think we can play even better than we showed today,” added Rashford.
England will face Senegal on Sunday after Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly snatched a 2-1 win over Ecuador to finish second behind the Dutch in Group A and knock out the South Americans.
Koulibaly said he would give late Senegalese icon Papa Bouba Diop’s family his man-of-the-match award after firing the Lions of Teranga into the last 16 for the second time in their history.
Cody Gakpo his third goal of the tournament as the Netherlands booked their place last 16 as group winners with a straightforward 2-0 victory over hosts Qatar.
Qatar, which has spent $200 billion to host the World Cup, bow out of their own tournament with the worst-ever performance by a host nation — zero points and just one goal scored.
Iranians had been hoping for a repeat of their 1998 World Cup victory over the United States but their 1-0 defeat in Qatar on Tuesday plunged Tehran into disappointed silence as they exited the tournament.
There was no replay of the street celebrations last Friday when people danced after Iran beat Wales.
In a cultural centre in the north of the capital, a dozen families had gathered at the start of the evening to watch the game in Qatar on a big screen.
“Come on, come on,” parents and children cried, waving Iranian flags.
A US goal in the 38th minute however soon put a damper on hopes of a repeat of Iran’s 1998 win.
The match had been billed as the “Mother of all football matches” in the runup, after decades of mutual enmity between the geopolitical foes.
But watching the game, Asghar Mohammadi, a 50-year-old shopkeeper, said he was surprised by the friendly atmosphere on the pitch.
“Many said this game would be contaminated by politics, but we only saw friendly behaviour between the players on the pitch.
Every time a player fell, the opponent helped him up,” he said.
“Our players fought with all their might, especially in the second half,” he added.
While it was not the World Cup final, the match still made headlines because of its symbolic and political significance to two countries which have not had diplomatic relations in more than 40 years.
“Politicians sometimes use football as a political tool, but in my opinion sport should not be politicised,” said Amir Moradian, a 45-year-old topographer.
“I wanted Iran to win the match.
I was very sad about the result.
This loss makes people sad, it’s natural, but we mustn’t lose hope, and think about the next tournaments,” he said.
Another spectator criticised the tactics of the national team.
“In my opinion, our players were looking for a draw, it was a bad tactic, they should have played to win, they were capable of it.
We should have won against America.
It was a shame.
” If Iran had drawn they would have advanced to the last 16 for the first time in their history.
- US crude oil production averaged 12.1 million barrels per day (b/d) during the week ending November 25, unchanged from the previous week, the Oilfield Administration said Wednesday. US Energy Information (EIA).
The figure is up 500,000 b/d from this time last year, according to the EIA.
More than 80 percent of US crude oil production growth comes from the lower 48 states, which does not include production from Alaska and the federally offshore Gulf of Mexico, according to the report.
The United States has become a major oil producer in recent years helped by the growth of its shale oil production. ■
- US crude oil imports decreased and exports increased during the week ending November 25, the US Energy Information Administration said Wednesday.
US crude oil imports averaged 6.037 million barrels per day (b/d) last week, down 1.027 million b/d from the previous week, while crude oil exports averaged 4.948 million b/d /d, 706,000 b/d more than the previous week. week, according to the Weekly Petroleum Status Report.
Over the past four weeks, US crude oil imports averaged around 6.278 million b/d, down 0.9 percent from the same four-week period last year.
During the same period, US crude oil exports averaged about 4.143 million b/d, up 38.2 percent year-on-year.
The United States has been one of the world's top oil producers in recent years helped by the growth of its shale oil production. ■
Iran has signed a $4 billion contract with Iraq to provide technological and engineering services to the Arab country, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday.
The contract may help cover part of the shortfall in Iran's exports to Iraq in the fiscal year ending March 20, especially in the areas of manufacturing, engineering and technological services, and medical services, quoted Tasnim Hamid Hosseini, head of the board of directors of the Iran Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Exporters Association.
Hosseini also noted that Iran's exports to Iraq over the past eight months saw a decline of $1.4 billion year-on-year.
Iran's exports to its neighbor are expected to increase in the next four months and return to the normal level, he said.
About 45 percent of Iraq's electricity is generated with natural gas imported from Iran.
While the United States has imposed sanctions on Iran to prevent other countries from buying Iranian oil and gas, Iraq has received waivers from Washington to import gas from Iran. ■
- The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at avoiding a national rail shutdown.
The lower house approved the resolution in a vote of 290-137, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
In a second vote, a majority of House members agreed to give rail workers seven days of paid sick leave a year.
US President Joe Biden issued a statement on Wednesday, urging the Senate to "act urgently."
“A rail shutdown would be devastating to our economy and families across the country,” Biden warned.
US Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, tweeted Wednesday that he will "demand a vote to guarantee seven paid sick days for all rail workers."
“At a time of record profits in the rail industry, it is unacceptable for rail workers to be guaranteed ZERO paid sick days,” Sanders wrote.
Railroad workers in the United States could go on strike on December 9 if no agreement is reached. ■
A godmother of Prince William quit the royal household on Wednesday and apologised for repeatedly asking a black British woman where she was “really” from, plunging Buckingham Palace into a fresh racism row.
Susan Hussey’s resignation came just as William and his wife Kate made their first visit to the United States in eight years and after racism claims from his brother Harry and mixed-race sister-in-law, Meghan.
In Boston, a spokesman for the royal couple told reporters: “Racism has no place in our society.
“These comments were unacceptable, and it’s right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.
” William was not involved in the decision but “believes it’s the right course of action to be taken”, the spokesman added.
“He won’t be commenting further.
” Hussey, 83, is a longstanding former lady-in-waiting to William’s late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and was a courtier to Queen Consort Camilla.
She is one of William’s six godparents.
Ngozi Fulani, the chief executive of the London-based Sistah Space group which campaigns for survivors of domestic abuse, said the comments came as she attended a palace reception on Tuesday.
Asked where she was from, Fulani said Hackney, northeast London, prompting the woman whom she identified only as “Lady SH” to ask: “No, what part of Africa are you from?
”Fulani said she was born and raised in the UK and was British but the woman persisted.
“Where do you really come from, where do your people come from?
… When did you first come here?
” she asked.
Fulani repeated that she was a British national born in the UK and was forced to say she was “of African heritage, Caribbean descent”.
The exchange, she wrote on Twitter, left her with “mixed feelings” about the reception, which was hosted by Camilla to highlight violence against women and girls.
Women’s Equality Party leader Mandu Reid, who witnessed the exchange, called it “grim” and like an “interrogation”.
She said it felt as if they were “not being treated as if we belong” or “as if we are British”.
– ‘Unacceptable‘ –Buckingham Palace said it took the incident “extremely seriously” and called the comments “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”.
“We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes,” a statement read.
“In the meantime, the individual concerned would like to express her profound apologies for the hurt caused and has stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect.
“All members of the Household are being reminded of the diversity and inclusivity policies which they are required to uphold at all times.
” British media outlets all quoted palace sources as confirming it was Hussey who made the remarks.
As lady-in-waiting to the queen, Hussey was described as one of the late monarch’s most trusted aides.
Camilla has scrapped the formal roles of ladies in waiting, but Hussey, whose late husband was a former BBC chairman, was kept on as a royal retainer by King Charles III.
– East Coast rivalry –William and Kate are on a three-day visit to Boston, where Charles’s heir will award the Earthshot Prize for initiatives to tackle climate change.
Last year, William insisted “we are very much not a racist family”, after Harry and Meghan alleged that an unidentified royal had asked what colour skin their baby would have.
William has since praised the “immense contribution” of the “Windrush” generation of Caribbean migrants, who helped Britain to rebuild after World War II.
Despite arriving legally, many were later wrongly detained and even deported under the Conservative government’s hardline immigration policies.
As William and Kate visit Boston, Harry and Meghan are due in New York for another awards ceremony, although the feuding brothers have reportedly no plans to meet.
Harry and Meghan quit royal life in early 2020 and moved to California, winning many fans among younger people and in the black community for taking on the British establishment.
The UK media, though, has repeatedly accused them of exaggerating their unhappy plight as members of the royal family but the couple may point to the latest allegations as vindication.
The palace was earlier this year accused of being tone deaf to calls from Caribbean countries which still have Charles as head of state to acknowledge Britain’s past role in slavery.
William and Kate’s visit to Jamaica was also criticised for smacking of colonialism.