Newspaper headlines: 'Win for Meghan' and 'over-65s to get jab invites'

By BBC News
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Speculation continues on many of the front pages about when and how England's coronavirus restrictions will be eased.

The Times says ministers are considering a plan which would see social distancing remain in place until at least the autumn.

The paper understands the government's route out of lockdown is based on the assumption that people will continue to wear face masks and remain a metre apart for months to come - in the hope it will allow a larger scale re-opening of venues including pubs, restaurants and offices.

The Daily Telegraph picks up on growing uncertainty among some Tory backbenchers about whether Boris Johnson will stick to his plan of re-opening schools from 8 March.

Chairman of the education select committee, Robert Halfon, tells the paper the date should be "signed in blood".

HuffPost UK considers whether this "desperately longed for moment" for parents is really "slip sliding away".

It says some Tories have raised the prospect of regional re-opening of schools - with infection rates in London falling more sharply than other areas of England.

Smiling images of the Duchess of Sussex feature on many of the front pages, after she won her privacy case against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter she wrote to her father.

In what it describes as "a court sensation" the Sun describes her victory as "a blow against press freedom".

The Daily Mail says its publishers are considering an appeal.

A media law expert tells the paper the ruling leaves the British press "manacled".

The Guardian says legal experts are divided over whether the ruling could prevent the media using other leaked documents and letters in future.

The Daily Mail prints an open letter by the retired High Court judge, Sir Richard Henriques, calling for an independent criminal investigation into Scotland Yard's handling of false paedophilia claims.

His concerns relate to the VIP child abuse inquiry, in which false allegations were made against senior establishment figures.

Sir Richard warns that confidence in the criminal justice system has been "gravely damaged" by the failure to hold the five police officers at the centre of the scandal to account and says the police watchdog has "failed in its duty" to investigate.

The Mirror reports on the conviction of a serial sex offender for the murder of the Hull student Libby Squire.

The paper describes father-of-two Pawel Relowicz as a "butcher" who, it says, had been stalking students around Hull in the 18 months before he killed Libby.

The Express says she died because she had the "sheer misfortune" of coming into contact with him, when she was upset and confused after a night out.

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Several papers report on the fortunes of Whitney Wolfe Herd - who has become a billionaire at the age of 31.

The Financial Times says shares in her company - the dating business Bumble - soared well above their initial public offering price when they made their debut on Wall Street on Thursday.

The Daily Telegraph says Wolfe Heard is the youngest female chief executive to take a company public in the US - and is one of a handful of self-made female billionaires.

The Daily Mail points out she's known to be a workaholic, who's admitted waking up every two hours during the night to check her inbox.