Newspaper headlines: Over-40s April jab and 'happy as Harry'

By BBC News
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Some of Saturday's papers look ahead to Wednesday's budget.

The Financial Times says Chancellor Rishi Sunak will make clear that supporting the economy through the coronavirus pandemic has left the UK with a "bill that will have to be paid".

Commenting on its interview with Mr Sunak, the paper says he is urging his Conservative colleagues to show their support for his "tough message" on the public finances.

But, says the paper, it is clear he is braced for "hostility" from his own backbenchers - with tax rises "likely".

The Times describes government plans for a new mortgage guarantee scheme as a boost for first-time buyers.

The paper says Treasury officials expect the scheme will have a big impact on the housing market - giving "tens of thousands of young people" their first step on the ladder.

The US intelligence report into the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi makes the front page of the Guardian.

The accusations against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman paint a "damning picture", claims the paper, raising "serious questions about his future" as the Saudi heir.

The paper says the allegations are also "bound" to renew calls for the UK to "reconsider" its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Under the headline, "What is the truth about Covid deaths?", the Daily Mail reports that it has received letters from more than 100 readers who all claim that their relatives' deaths were wrongly attributed to coronavirus.

According to the paper, several MPs and doctors are calling for an inquiry amid concerns that Covid-19 is sometimes being given undue prominence on death certificates, causing distress and anxiety to families.

The i weekend newspaper and the Daily Express both focus on the government's latest coronavirus briefing after it was announced that the over-40s would be the next priority group for vaccination.

"Don't wreck it now" is the headline in the Express - echoing a warning from England's deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam that the battle against the virus is far from won.

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Prince Harry's television interview with James Corden on the Late Late Show in Los Angeles attracts plenty of coverage, taking up the whole front page - and several inside pages - of the Daily Mirror.

The Daily Mail is less than enthusiastic, accusing the prince of being "royally inappropriate" and of using the interview to plug the streaming service, Netflix, with which he has signed a multi-million dollar deal.

"The Fresh Prince of Hot Air" is the headline in the Daily Star.

Alex Salmond's long-awaited appearance before a Scottish parliamentary inquiry is the lead story for the Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

A photo of the former first minister - raising his hand to take the oath - dominates their front pages.

The Telegraph says Downing Street has been urged to "intervene", with the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Douglas Ross suggesting that the Cabinet Office should begin its own investigation into whether Scottish civil servants broke the code of conduct.

For the paper, what it describes as the "open warfare" between the SNP's most prominent figures, risks "undercutting" support for Scottish independence - just as the party ramps up its campaign for a second referendum.