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Newspaper headlines: 'No justice' for PC Harper and 'Royal breakdown'

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There is much excitement in Saturday's papers about a new book - serialised in the Times - which explores the rift that prompted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to leave frontline royal duties and move to Los Angeles.

The authors of Finding Freedom describe an atmosphere of "mistrust, bitterness and resentment" - as Prince Harry and Meghan believed they were being undermined by "the men in grey suits" advising other royal households, intent on diminishing their popularity.

Fearing that they would be prevented from seeing the Queen when they returned from a trip to Canada earlier this year, the couple are said to have "toyed with the idea" of driving straight from the airport to pay her a surprise visit - but decided against it to avoid "ruffling feathers".

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The book also describes Prince Harry's apparent dismay at the level of animosity he and his wife faced online. In one extract, an unnamed friend says the duke's stomach "tied into the same knot each time" as he scrolled through his phone, reading critical news articles and hundreds of "sick" comments underneath.

Prince Harry and Meghan have insisted its testimony is based solely "on the authors' own experiences as members of the royal press corps".

The Sun says the biography contains "sensational" detail about the manner in which Prince Harry and Meghan were treated by palace courtiers, and the bitterness and resentment caused by their growing international popularity.

The Daily Mirror suggests it provides a valuable insight into the couple's own thoughts - even though they were not interviewed for the book.

Its authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, tell the Times there was no off-the-record interview with the duke and duchess either, and they relied instead on testimony from contacts forged during their time as part of the royal press corps.

The solemn face of Lissie Harper appears on many of the front pages, after three teenagers were cleared of murdering her husband - PC Andrew Harper - at the Old Bailey on Friday.

"Appalled" is the headline in the Daily Express, while the Daily Mirror describes Mrs Harper's "heartbreaking pain" when the defendants - who dragged the police officer to his death as he tried to stop them stealing a quad bike - were found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the former Conservative policing minister, Mike Penning, now plans to write to the attorney general - asking her to investigate if the verdicts were unduly lenient.

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More details are emerging about the obesity crackdown Boris Johnson is expected to launch next week.

The Daily Mail says that under the proposals, restaurants and takeaways would have to publish calorie information for every meal they serve, while similar labels would need to be added to shop-bought alcohol.

In its editorial, the FT Weekend says the time is right for such a "policy push", amid growing evidence that being obese doubles a person's risk of being hospitalised if they contract coronavirus.

According to the Guardian, about half of working mothers are unable to get the childcare they need to return to work in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A survey of almost 20,000 working women found that two-thirds of key workers were forced to cut their hours in the last four months because of a lack of childcare options.

Some 11% of women expecting a child said they had already been made redundant or expected to be. The campaign group, Pregnant Then Screwed - which ran the poll - says the results are a "cry for help".

The government tells the Guardian it is trying to ensure as many nurseries as possible can reopen by block-buying childcare places for the rest of the year.

The Sun says Boris Johnson wants to ban 16 and 17-year-olds from playing National Lottery games - including scratchcards. The paper says legislation will be tabled "within months" to limit the opportunities vulnerable young people have to gamble.

And the Guardian devotes almost an entire page to a fashion trend that's emerged from coronavirus: the "lockdown lip".

Figures from a beauty product comparison website suggest that global sales of moustache oil have increased by about two-thirds since March, while there's been a surge in people scouring the internet for tips on how to grow one.

One skincare expert thinks the fad will quickly pass. "Like white jeans and turtlenecks by the time you realise they are in they are actually out again," he claims.