Newspaper headlines: Queen to meet Trump and 'Fergie' sues over Fake Sheikh story

"Queen will invite Trump to Windsor", is the front page headline in the Sunday Times.

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It says plans to roll out the red carpet for the new US president with a state visit next summer are being drawn up at the highest levels in Whitehall.

A source who is said to have discussed the issue with a cabinet minister is quoted as saying: "The government has decided that their secret weapon to get in with Trump is to offer him an early visit to the Queen."

Elsewhere, there is fascination at what the Observer calls the "palace intrigue" at Trump Tower, where the US president-elect spent the week making his White House appointments.

One by one they came, walking past the cascading waterfalls, the marble walls, into the shiny lifts and up to the 26th floor to kiss the ring of the new king, the paper says.

"You're hired!" is the headline in the Sunday Times - a reminder that Donald Trump was once the host of The Apprentice on American television.

It says political appointees are referred to by aides as finalists as they audition for jobs.

But the Mail on Sunday says many fear that the hardline figures Mr Trump has appointed so far will make the White House ... the Fright House.


Hammond's secrets

The chancellor gives away some of his Autumn Statement secrets in articles for the Sunday Telegraph and the Sun on Sunday, setting out his plans for investing in technology, housing and roads.

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The Mail on Sunday reports that Philip Hammond will also announce help for the JAMs - nothing to do with traffic, but struggling families who are Just About Managing.

The Sunday Times suggests that he will declare a freeze in fuel duty, while the Sunday People thinks he may hint at a temporary cut in VAT if growth slows down.

The Sunday Telegraph says it has learned that Mr Hammond will tighten rules that allow workers to forgo part of their salary in return for certain work benefits, including health checks, gym memberships and mobile phone contracts.


The main news in the Mail on Sunday is that the Duchess of York is suing Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers, demanding more than £25m in damages "over the cash-for-access sting that destroyed her reputation".

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She claims the now-disgraced undercover reporter, Mazher Mahmood, tricked her when she offered to introduce him to Prince Andrew for £500,000.

The paper says the figure reflects what Sarah Ferguson believes she lost in earnings after the story appeared in the News of the World in 2010. In its defence, News Group Newspapers - which published the now defunct tabloid - insists the story was both true and in the public interest.

The Sunday Times critic, AA Gill, reveals in the paper that he has been diagnosed with cancer and, as a result, has proposed to his partner of 23 years, Nicola Formby.

He writes in his restaurant column that his cancer is "the full English".

There's hardly a morsel of offal that's not included, he says. "I have a trucker's gut-buster, gimpy, malevolent, meaty malignancy."


'Existential danger'

The Observer has spent 10 days touring EU capitals to see how the other member states are preparing for Brexit.

According to its main story, they believe a so-called "hard Brexit" is likely to be the only way to see off future populist insurgencies in other countries.

It says senior officials in European governments consider that allowing Britain favourable terms of exit could represent an existential danger to the EU.

Meanwhile, several papers highlight what they call the crisis in jails in England and Wales.

The Mail on Sunday says it has seen official Prison Service documents showing that 125 serious incidents took place in a single week - including riots, hostage-taking, fights and drug-smuggling.

A disillusioned warder who left her job recently tells the Sunday People that jails are so dangerous now, it is only a matter of time before a prison officer is killed.

The Sun on Sunday says Justice Secretary Liz Truss must immediately re-establish order.


Could he do it?

On a trip to the supermarket in the future, you could end up buying a new home along with the milk and vegetables.

The Sunday Telegraph say it has learned that Tesco and other major supermarkets are in talks with a property developer about building flats on top of their stores as a way of raising funds.

According to the paper, Tesco has already identified 15 stores - most of them in London - for such a scheme.

Finally, the Sunday Telegraph is among several papers to express widespread interest in Ed Balls's performance on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night.

He jived to the Jerry Lee Lewis hit, Great Balls of Fire, with his dancing partner, Katya Jones, after being lowered from the ceiling of Blackpool's Tower Ballroom while playing a burning piano.

The Mail on Sunday says watching the former cabinet minister was unmissable entertainment, but the judges are reported to be furious at the possibility that such a poor dancer might go on to win the competition.

The paper asks: Could the incredible happen?