Newspaper headlines: Queen 'won't watch' interview, and EU 'sulking' at Brexit

By BBC News
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image captionThere is growing pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to U-turn on the proposed 1% pay rise for nurses

The government's proposed 1% pay offer for NHS workers in England is still making the front pages.

The Observer reports that ministers are "facing a backlash" from the public, with a survey for the paper suggesting 72% of voters think the increase is too low.

It says the criticism comes from a "broad range" of people - with a "clear majority" of Conservative voters in favour of a more generous deal.

Senior Tories have told the paper that Chancellor Rishi Sunak "will be forced to U-turn" - with "many MPs" predicting the offer will be "revisited" when the NHS pay review bodies make their salary recommendations in May.

"Time to pay up, Boris" is the headline in the Sunday People.

Highlighting the ongoing strain on the NHS, the Independent says almost six million "hidden" patients could join the queue for treatment in England in the coming months - swelling waiting lists to records not seen for more than a decade.

The chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Danny Mortimer, tells the website that some patients will have to wait months - or even beyond a year - to be seen.

The chancellor, he says, has only "done half the job". Having promised to give the NHS whatever it needed at the height of the pandemic, he now needs to invest in tackling the consequences - long waiting lists, long covid and a surge in mental health problems.

Mr Sunak's plan to make internet giants pay more tax makes the front page of the Sunday Express.

The paper says the chancellor is "leading the fightback", spearheading an international effort, which will help pay for the pandemic.

The Sun on Sunday agrees it is a good idea.

In its editorial, the paper says Mr Sunak is "absolutely right" - we need to target the tech companies' profits to start "whittling down our vast national debt".

The Sunday Telegraph leads on an interview with the new Cabinet office minister - and former Brexit negotiator - Lord Frost, who tells the paper it is time for Brussels to "stop sulking".

In what the paper describes as his first public intervention in the role, Lord Frost urges the EU to shake off any "ill will" directed at the UK.

It is time, he tells the paper, to "build a friendly relationship between sovereign nations".

His robust defence of the government's position wins praise from the European Research Group of Conservative MPs.

Its deputy chairman tells the paper that Brussels has shown "significant bad faith" - on the Northern Ireland protocol and vaccines - and the UK "can't be expected to stand by".

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image captionThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex now live in California

A number of front pages look ahead to the Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey, which airs in the US this evening.

According to the Sunday Times, the Queen will not be watching.

The paper says courtiers have branded the interview a "circus", and are preparing to retaliate "with fresh disclosures" about the couple's behaviour if the monarchy is attacked.

The Mail on Sunday quotes a senior royal aide on its front page - giving what it calls their "withering verdict" on the interview. "On Monday, most people in Britain will be thinking about schools going back, having their jab... and Prince Philip getting better."