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11:23 UK time, Monday, 11 December 2006

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

As the "I" in Withnail and I shrewdly observed, "even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day". The same might be said for the Daily Express. With Lord Stevens report into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, due to be published later this week, the press has been abuzz with Diana-related speculation. Not surprisingly then, the Express offers a time-honoured Monday morning Diana front page – focusing on the rumour that the Stevens report will include allegations that the US secret service was bugging the princess' phone conversations. The paper gives less exposure to Stevens's expected conclusion, that the crash was an accident, Diana was not pregnant at the time, and the fabled white Fiat Uno had nothing to do with the crash.

Continuing on the royal theme, Zara Phillips's face is hard to avoid after the Princess Royal's daughter scooped the BBC Sports Personality of the Year... except, that is, in the Sun, which had been sitting on an exclusive interview with golfer, and favourite for the award, Darren Clarke. While Phillips's beaming smile graces the front pages of the Mirror, Express, Mail, Telegraph and Guardian, the royal is relegated to a page 4 black-and-white snap the size of a thumbnail.

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