North Korea expected to return remains of up to 200 US service members lost in Korean War

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains believed to be American service members who died during the Korean War, three U.S. officials confirmed.

Planning is underway to receive the remains from North Korea in the coming days, but an actual transfer date and location has not yet been finalized, the officials said.

One official said though it was unclear where the handover of remains could occur, they would ultimately be taken to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where the Defense Department has a lab to identify remains of missing U.S. service members from all wars.

The expected return of U.S. remains from North Korea was first reported by CNN.

During a press conference last week after his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Trump said he’d asked Kim for the return of U.S. remains from the Korean War and that Kim had agreed.

“I asked for it today. And we got it,” said Trump. “That was a very last minute. The remains will be coming back. They’re going to start that process immediately.”

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) estimates that there are 7,697 Americans unaccounted for from the Korean War. Of those, approximately 5,300 are expected to be located inside North Korea.

“On several occasions in the past, DPRK officials have indicated they possess as many as 200 sets of remains they had recovered over the years,” DPAA said in a release on Monday. “The commitment established within the Joint Statement between President Trump and Chairman Kim would repatriate these as was done in the early 1990s and would reinforce the humanitarian aspects of this mission.”

From 1990 to 1994, the U.S. recovered 208 caskets with as many as 400 remains contained inside of them, DPAA said. From 1996 to 2005, 229 additional caskets were found and transferred.

DPAA has identified locations where they believe there are major concentrations of remains inside North Korea.

Twelve hundred are believed to be in POW Camp Burial Sites and 1,000 could be located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone or DMZ. There are also believed to be 184 individual remains at a cemetery in Pyongyang.

Remains that are able to be identified are transferred to the deceased individual’s family members. Unidentified remains are kept at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and the DPAA’s Laboratory in Hawaii.

In recent years, about 100 sets of unknown remains from the Korean War buried at the cemetery have been disinterred for identification by the DPAA.

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U.S. loses top spot in World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bilbao, one of the culinary capitals of the world, hosted the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 unveiling on Tuesday, and American gastronomy was well represented although the U.S. lost the top spot as Eleven Madison Park dropped to fourth place.

For the second time, the Italian restaurant Osteria Francescana won the “Oscars of Gastronomy,” with a contemporary and traditional cuisine approved by Pope Francis, who made this restaurant one of his refectory.

Placing second was El Celler de Can Roca in Catalonia and placing third was Mirazur in Southern France. Gaggan in Bangkok rounded out the top five.

But above everything else, and as an introduction, William Drew, group editor of World’s 50 Best Restaurants insisted on saying goodbye to American food icon and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died tragically earlier this month. Drew called him an “agent provocateur who changed the industry for the better and opened the palate so many people.”

Very moved by the loss of Anthony Bourdain, Drew spoke about the presence of so many of Bourdain’s friends in the theater, and he shared special thoughts for his family and loved ones in the U.S.

And after saying “au revoir” to the legendary 91-year-old French chef Paul Bocuse, the show resumed.

As feminism spiked early in the year following the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the rise of the #MeToo movement, British chef Clare Smith received the award for the best female chef and gave a speech where she highlighted how “women need to clear the path for the next generation.”

It was a panel of more than 1,000 people who voted from a pool of chefs, restaurateurs, travelers and food authors, overseen by 26 chiefs attending this special event.

With restaurant from Lima, Peru, to Melbourne, Australia, the only continent not represented was Africa.

The annual rankings are often criticized for privileging pricey tasting menus over original or authentic gems more travelers are likely to visit.

While receiving the price, Massimo Bottura said that “all together we can make the change,” reflecting the inscription of his restaurant in Modena: “We are the Revolution.”

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South Korea calls for ‘corresponding measures’ from the North after military exercise with US suspended

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korea Tuesday confirmed the Pentagon’s announcement of the suspension of a major joint military exercise in August and called for North Korea to reciprocate.

The U.S. Department of Defense and the South Korean defense ministry said the annual Freedom Guardian exercise would be suspended, and South Korea also said a separate emergency training drill supervised solely by the South, called the Ulchi exercise, was under review.

It is the first time the United States and South Korea have suspended the so-called war games since 1994.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo Tuesday called for North Korea to respond with “corresponding measures,” though not providing specifics.

The decision to suspend the August exercise was made under close cooperation between the United States and the South, as a way to maintain the momentum amid inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korea dialogue, Choi told reporters.

“The United States and South Korea, after working closely, concluded on suspending the defensive Freedom Guardian military exercise planned for August,” Choi said at a press briefing.

Seoul’s defense ministry made it clear that the suspension applies only to the Freedom Guardian exercise, which is jointly carried out by the United States and South Korean troops.

In contrast, the annual Ulchi is a weeklong emergency preparedness exercise supervised by the Ministry of Public Administration and Safety and has nothing to do with the U.S. troops.

Suspension of the Ulchi exercise “is under discussion, still undecided,” South Korean presidential office spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said during a briefing Tuesday.

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France’s Macron admonishes teenager; video goes viral

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A video of French President Emmanuel Macron strongly admonishing a teenager who called him by a nickname is going viral on social media

China hints it may retaliate against US for new tariffs

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iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — China’s Commerce Ministry on Tuesday criticized President Trump’s latest threat of tariffs, calling it an “act of extreme pressure and blackmail.”

Trump on Monday threatened to impose additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods following an announcement last week that he would seek to slap a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S.

“If the United States loses its rationality and unveils another list of Chinese products for additional tariffs, China will have no choice but to take comprehensive measures combining quantitative and qualitative ones to resolutely strike back,” the ministry said in a statement.

Trump said the tariffs were “essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China, which will protect American jobs.”

He added, “After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced.”

Beijing responded to Trump’s announcement last week by applying tariffs to 659 U.S. products, including agricultural products, cars and marine products.

Companies like Apple are worried China could cause delays in supply chains and increase scrutiny of products under the guise of national security concerns, The New York Times reported.

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China says new tariffs are an act of ‘blackmail’

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President Trump escalated a trade war with China.

Kim Jong Un makes third surprise visit to China in less than 3 months

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Ministry of Communications and Information Singapore via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning for his third visit to China in less than three months — just one week after his historic summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Kim will likely meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and debrief him on the results of the his meeting with Trump.

The visit comes on the same day Washington and Seoul announced that they would suspend a joint military exercise in August, a move that will likely please the Chinese.

“We hope the visit will help deepen China-North Korea relations,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at his daily press briefing Tuesday. “[We hope the visit will] strengthen strategic communication between the two sides on major issues to promote peace and stability in the region.”

In a departure from his previous visits, Chinese state media announced that Kim would be visiting Beijing for two days just after he arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning, but offered no further details. On previous visits by North Korean leaders, including those of Kim’s father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung, the news of the visits were not announced until after the they had left the country.

When asked why the visit was announced during Kim’s stay this time, Geng merely said that “specific circumstances around each visit have their own specific arrangements.”

Security measures were in full force around the Chinese capital as Kim’s motorcade was filmed by Reuters cameras speeding across town on Changan Avenue and entering the Diaoyutai Guesthouse compound, where he had stayed on his previous March visit. Screens were also erected outside the Great Hall of the People to block the view of the entrance from the street.

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Kim previously met with Xi on two secret meetings in late March in Beijing and in early May in the coastal city of Dalian. Prior to the Singapore Summit, Trump had complained that the North Koreans’ attitude changed after Kim and Xi met in Dalian.

Beijing has long advocated a “dual suspension” or “freeze-for-freeze” approach — whereby North Korea halts its missile and nuclear testing and the U.S. and South Korea halt their joint military exercises — for the easing tension on the Korean Peninsula. Both Pyongyang and Beijing have long seen the joint drills as provocative.

In pledging to halt what Trump called the “wargames” during the Singapore Summit — even calling them “provocative” — the president appeared to have inadvertently given what Beijing had sought for a long time.

Meanwhile, South Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said Tuesday that South Korea welcomed Kim’s visit to China and said “the governments of South Korea and China shared the same strategic goal of completely denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.”

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Kim Jong Un makes third surprise visit to China in less than 3 months

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Ministry of Communications and Information Singapore via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning for his third visit to China in less than three months — just one week after his historic summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Kim will likely meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and debrief him on the results of the his meeting with Trump.

The visit comes on the same day Washington and Seoul announced that they would suspend a joint military exercise in August, a move that will likely please the Chinese.

“We hope the visit will help deepen China-North Korea relations,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at his daily press briefing Tuesday. “[We hope the visit will] strengthen strategic communication between the two sides on major issues to promote peace and stability in the region.”

In a departure from his previous visits, Chinese state media announced that Kim would be visiting Beijing for two days just after he arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning, but offered no further details. On previous visits by North Korean leaders, including those of Kim’s father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung, the news of the visits were not announced until after the they had left the country.

When asked why the visit was announced during Kim’s stay this time, Geng merely said that “specific circumstances around each visit have their own specific arrangements.”

Security measures were in full force around the Chinese capital as Kim’s motorcade was filmed by Reuters cameras speeding across town on Changan Avenue and entering the Diaoyutai Guesthouse compound, where he had stayed on his previous March visit. Screens were also erected outside the Great Hall of the People to block the view of the entrance from the street.

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Kim previously met with Xi on two secret meetings in late March in Beijing and in early May in the coastal city of Dalian. Prior to the Singapore Summit, Trump had complained that the North Koreans’ attitude changed after Kim and Xi met in Dalian.

Beijing has long advocated a “dual suspension” or “freeze-for-freeze” approach — whereby North Korea halts its missile and nuclear testing and the U.S. and South Korea halt their joint military exercises — for the easing tension on the Korean Peninsula. Both Pyongyang and Beijing have long seen the joint drills as provocative.

In pledging to halt what Trump called the “wargames” during the Singapore Summit — even calling them “provocative” — the president appeared to have inadvertently given what Beijing had sought for a long time.

Meanwhile, South Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said Tuesday that South Korea welcomed Kim’s visit to China and said “the governments of South Korea and China shared the same strategic goal of completely denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.”

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Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

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For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred

Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

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For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred

3 die of 6 men wounded in southern Sweden drive-by shooting

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The fatal shooting of three men in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, is the latest incident in suburban feuds between criminal gangs fighting over territory and honor

3 die of 6 men wounded in southern Sweden drive-by shooting

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The fatal shooting of three men in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, is the latest incident in suburban feuds between criminal gangs fighting over territory and honor

Kim Jong Un makes third surprise visit to China

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning for his third visit to China in less than three months just one week after the Singapore Summit.

Kim Jong Un makes third surprise visit to China

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning for his third visit to China in less than three months just one week after the Singapore Summit.

China says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his summit with President Donald Trump

China says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his summit with President Donald Trump

Using Trump’s term, Pentagon suspends plans for ‘wargame’ with South Korea

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Trump, like North Korea, called the military exercises "provocative."

Underwear hung around politician’s office after block on ‘upskirting’ ban

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“No one should be able to photo my pants unless I want them to,” one underwear flag read.

Italy’s interior minister turns gaze to ‘Roma question’

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Italy’s hard-line interior minister, who recently sparked a multinational showdown by refusing entry to a Mediterranean Sea rescue boat packed with 630 migrants, is now taking aim at Italy’s minority Roma community

Underwear hung around British politician’s offices after he blocks ‘upskirting’ ban

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Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images(LONDON) — After a British legislator blocked a proposed bill to ban taking photos up women’s skirts without their knowledge, some protesters expressed their anger by hanging women’s underwear around his offices.

The proposed ban on “upskirting,” which is supported by Britain’s Conservative government, was blocked on Friday when Conservative Member of Parliament Christopher Chope objected as the bill was put forward in the House of Commons. The proposed law would have meant that someone taking a photo up a woman’s skirt without her consent could face up to two years in prison.

Lorna Rees, one of Chope’s constituents, tweeted a photo on Saturday of three pairs of underwear hanging on a red ribbon outside of the politician’s office in Dorset, England. “No one should be able to photo my pants unless I want them to” she handwrote on the underwear.

“Friday was desperately frustrating,” Rees wrote in a tweet. “I hope my anti-Chope constituency pant protest shows solidarity.”

On Monday, she tweeted another photo of three new pairs of underwear hung outside the MP’s constituency office.

“As the last ones were removed, I put a new set of bunting today,” Rees wrote.

A similar protest took place in the British parliament, where Chope’s office also was decorated with underwear.

After the bill was blocked on Friday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she was “disappointed.”

“Upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am disappointed the Bill didn’t make progress in the Commons today, and I want to see these measures pass through Parliament — with government support — soon.”

Chope has said that he backs the bill, but objected as a matter of principle because he believed it had to be properly debated.

“If a detailed bill is put before the house and it hasn’t had any debate then as a matter of principle, I block it without looking into the details of the bill because as a matter of principle, I don’t believe we should pass legislation which hasn’t been scrutinized,” he told LBC Radio, a London-based national talk radio station.

The bill was introduced by Wera Hobhouse, a Liberal Democrat, and was backed by the British government after months of campaigning by Gina Martin, an upskirting victim.

“By making upskirting a specific offense, we are sending a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated, and that perpetrators will be properly punished,” Lucy Frazer, the British justice minister, said in a statement. “Our action builds on the tireless efforts of Wera Hobhouse, Gina Martin and other campaigners, and we will ensure this Bill becomes law.”

On Monday, the British Justice Ministry said that the government would draft and introduce a new upskirting bill as soon as possible.

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Over 30 killed after multiple bombs hit end-of-Ramadan celebration in Nigeria

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A terror attack in northeast Nigeria has left more than 30 dead and scores injured despite ongoing military efforts to restore peace in the region.

Multiple bombs went off during a celebration for the end of Ramadan over the weekend, and were reportedly followed by artillery strikes by the nation’s military.

The government has blamed six suicide bombers from the terror group Boko Haram for the attack Saturday in Damboa, in the state of Borno.

In addition to the dozens reported to have died, the injured included 11 severely wounded people who were evacuated from the area by the International Committee for the Red Cross, the humanitarian organization told ABC News.

Some witnesses told multiple local media outlets that the military airstrikes may have hit as many or more people than the bombs.

A local person who did not want to be named told Sahara Reporters that “many civilians were hit” when the military fired in retaliation.

Borno state is one of the worst-affected areas in conflict-ridden Nigeria. The United Nations says Damboa alone in Borno state currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live in refugee camps.

“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today, with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and 6.1 million targeted for humanitarian assistance,” the United Nations said in a statement to ABC News.

The U.N. says Damboa alone in Borno state currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live in refugee camps.

A military operation was launched May 1 to try and expel militants from Borno state. Then, hours after an army spokesman urged people to return to the area, saying it was “safe,” this latest bombing happened.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has been a target of terror attacks for many years. Boko Haram is one of the largest Islamist militant groups in Africa, with links to several other Islamist groups, including ISIS.

In March 2015, ISIS accepted a pledge of allegiance by Boko Haram and in August 2016, the group split into two factions: The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and JASDJ or Boko Haram.

Following Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS, the United States announced it would boost its military assistance to Nigeria.

“In addition to being the largest African oil producer, Nigeria’s economy is very dependent on its oil revenue, its stability is vital to regional security and U.S. economic interests,” according to a statement by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, whose won in part due to his vow to crush Boko Haram, will likely face scrutiny in the next elections in February 2019 over his ability to address security threats in the country.

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate condemned the attack in Damboa by “suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations,” and sent “condolences to the affected families, government and people of Nigeria.”

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Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls

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A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires.

Meghan Markle’s father breaks silence on wedding: ‘I really wanted to walk her down the aisle’

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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — Thomas Markle, father of newly married Duchess Meghan Markle, apologized for staging photos before his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry and expressed regret at not being able to walk her down the aisle in his first interview since the wedding.

“She was beautiful. I cried a little watching her,” Thomas Markle said on “Good Morning Britain.” “I was very proud and I couldn’t see a better moment in my life. The whole world was watching my daughter.”

“The unfortunate thing now is that I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history instead of a dad walking his daughter down the aisle,” he said. “It was a very emotional moment. I regretted it because I really wanted to walk her down the aisle. But I’m thankful for how it all went.”

Meghan’s father admitted to being a bit jealous that he was not at the wedding, but expressed thanks to Prince Charles, Harry’s father, for stepping in.

“I can’t think of a better replacement than Prince Charles,” said Markle. “He looked very handsome. I was jealous, I wish it was me, but thank God he was there and I thank him for that.”

The father of the bride, who described his daughter as a “princess,” said that he imagines Prince Charles was thrilled to walk his daughter down the aisle.

“It might have been a treat for him as well because he didn’t have a daughter.”

The Prince of Wales has expressed many times how he had always hoped to have a daughter. He has become particularly close to his new daughter-in-law, Meghan.

Thomas Markle decided to withdraw from the wedding after the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday claimed that he had been participating in staged photo shoots to help his image.

Within 24 hours it appeared that he had changed his mind after speaking with his daughter and Prince Harry. But again he backed out several days later after saying he had suffered a heart attack and would be unable to travel.

“Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan disclosed on-air that Markle, who lives in Mexico, was paid for his interview Monday with the TV show.

Markle said his daughter was only concerned about his health in a tearful phone call with Prince Harry when he shared that he would be unable to attend her wedding.

“They were disappointed,” he said. “Meghan cried, I’m sure, and they both said, ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you.'”

Meghan’s father said he apologized to Meghan and Harry for his error in judgment with regard to taking the photos.

“I realized it was a serious mistake,” he said. “It’s hard to take it back.”

Kensington Palace issued a statement on Meghan’s behalf shortly before the wedding and after her father announced he would be undergoing heart surgery.

“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” Markle, 36, said in the statement from Kensington Palace. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.

“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support,” the statement continued. “Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”

First conversation with Meghan about her new boyfriend

The first phone calls were, “Daddy, I have a new boyfriend.’ And I said, ‘That’s really nice,’ and the next phone call was like, ‘He’s British,’ and I said, ‘That’s really nice,’ and eventually the third time around was like: ‘He’s a prince.'”

He continued: “And at that point, she said, ‘It’s Harry,’ and I said, ‘Oh, Harry, OK!’ She said, ‘Of course we’ll have to call him ‘H’ so no one knows we’re talking about Harry.'”

“We talked a little about how they met and how happy they were with each other,” Markle reflected.

“He’s quite easy to talk to; he’s quite a comfortable person to talk to,” Markle added. “I wasn’t nervous. Ten thousand miles apart, it’s hard to be nervous talking to someone on the phone.”

Asking for Meghan’s hand in marriage

Thomas Markle recounted the moment when Prince Harry asked him for his daughter’s hand in marriage over the phone.

“You are a gentleman, promise me you will never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission,'” he recalled saying.

Markle said his daughter has “been a princess since the day she was born,” adding, “He made a good pick, didn’t he?”

When asked about Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, Markle replied, “I’ve had respect for that women since I was a child. I think she’s one of the most incredible women in the world and I would love to meet her.”

On Meghan wanting children

Thomas Markle also revealed that Meghan and Harry are ready to start a family.

“She’s wanted children for a long time,” the former Hollywood producer told “Good Morning Britain.” “When she met Harry and spoke about how much she loved him, there’s got to be a child in the making somewhat soon.”

On when he knew the relationship was serious
The wide-ranging interview with “Good Morning Britain” saw hosts Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid ask about when he realized that Meghan and Harry’s relationship was serious.

“I can’t give you a date, no, [but] it was certainly a few months before the announcement of the engagement,” he said.

“My daughter is very intelligent. She knows how to choose who she wants to be with. She’s a smart girl and she made a good pick. The royals are very complicated, but she can always rise to that occasion.

“My daughter is capable of anything and she will be a complement to the royal family.”

On the staged photos and paparazzi deal

For the first time Meghan’s father discussed the leaked photographs and his agreement to participate in order to change his image.

“For the last year photographs of me were always derogatory,” he explained. “They would take pictures of my hand grabbing the beer, they’d take pictures of me getting in my car, taking the garbage out, they’d take pictures of me buying a toilet and making a big deal out of it. They took all kinds of pictures making me look negative.”

He said he apologized to his daughter and son-in-law over the phone.

“I thought this would be a nice way of me improving my look. Well obviously that all went to hell. And I feel bad about it,” he said. “I apologized for it and that’s all I can do. I can’t do much beyond that. That was a mistake.

Markle added, “I didn’t do this for money; I did this to change my image. For one whole year I was presented as a hermit hiding out in Mexico. I was looking to change my image and obviously that was a mistake that went wrong.”

On Markle’s nickname for his daughter

Markle also spoke warmly about his nickname for his daughter and how it came about.

“When she was a child she loved “Jack and the Beanstalk.” … Because she’s so small I called her Bean or beanie,” Thomas said.

When asked jokingly if he called her Duchess Bean, Markle answered, “Well I don’t think I’ll call her duchess. I don’t have to, she’s my daughter.”

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Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls

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A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires.

The Latest: More than 210 injured in Osaka-area earthquake

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Authorities in western Japan say the number of people treated for injuries suffered in a strong earthquake now exceeds 210

Injured former Cambodian PM Ranariddh sent to Thai hospital

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A Cambodian prince who was a candidate in upcoming general elections was transferred early Monday to a hospital in neighboring Thailand after being injured in a road crash that killed his wife, said a a fellow politician and a Cambodian news agency

3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in western Japan

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A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires.

The Latest: 3 confirmed dead in western Japan earthquake

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A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong earthquake in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka

Chicago TV host, athlete Brackett dies at 76 after bike fall

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World-champion triathlete dies four days after an apparent bicycle accident.

2 feared dead after earthquake hits Osaka in western Japan

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Earthquake causes some damage including broken glass, partial building collapses