What does Prince Harry’s silence-breaking speech really mean?; PLUS half of all women sexually abused on London transport

Prince Harry has made his first public account for his and Meghan’s decision to step down as a senior Royal, in a speech to African leaders in London last night.  The Evening Standard’s Inside Editor Lucy Pavia watched the speech and explains to The Leader podcast what it means.

Sexual Abuse on public transport:

A new survey has claimed that more than half of women have been harassed on London’s public transport. Transport for London says that more than 1,500 suspected offenders have been arrested since 2015. Comment editor Susannah Butter talks to The Leader podcast about her own experience of abuse on London transport, as well as what more should be done to stop it.

BBC’s director general steps down:

BBC director general, Tony Hall, has stepped down - on the same day that it was revealed the BBC has paid out £400,00 to presenter Sara Montague in an equal pay row. Is there a connection? The Leader podcast speaks to the Evening Standard’s Jonathan Prynn.


David Marsland 0:00  

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Hi, I'm David Marsland. Prince Harry has revealed the leap of faith that led to him and Meghan quitting as senior Royals.

Prince Harry 0:48  

The decision that I made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. And I know I haven't always done it right. But as far as this goes, there really was no other option  

David Marsland 0:59  

What does it all mean? We speak to the Evening Standard Insider editor Lucy Pavia, also

Susannah Butter 1:04  

Around Westminster in the crowd I've had someone put their hand up my skirt and pinch my bum

David Marsland 1:09  

Editor Susanna Butter talks about sex pests on London's public transport, as a survey claims more than half of women have been harassed. 

Jonathan Prynn 1:18  

And you can see the logic in the decision but there's no doubt that the gender pay route has cast a huge shadow over his leadership 

David Marsland 1:25  

Jonathan Prynn on the resignation of the BBC Director General Tony Hall. Is it connected to the six figure path given to one of its top female presenters?

Taken from the Evening Standard editorial column this is The Leader. For the whole thing pick up the newspaper or head to standard.co./comment. In a moment Lucy Pavia takes us through Prince Harry's speech

Prince Harry 2:03  

I want you to hear the truth for me as much as I can share, not as a prince,...

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