Newspaper headlines: Palace 'reeling' over Meghan and Harry 'bombshell' interview

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The Daily Mirror says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's "bombshell" interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey has sparked the "worst royal crisis in 85 years", when Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936. An insider tells the paper that the couple's interview will have "monumental consequences for ever".
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The i's front page reports that Buckingham Palace is in "crisis talks" after Meghan told Winfrey that Harry had been asked by an unnamed member of the Royal Family "how dark" their son Archie's skin might be when he was born. It was later clarified that the family member alleged to have made the comments was not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh.
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The Daily Mail says Buckingham Palace is "paralysed with 'horror and dismay'" after Meghan and Harry's "stinging" interview - leaving the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William "locked in crisis talks" over how to respond. Palace insiders have told the paper there is a mood of "intense personal shock and sadness" that the duke had pressed the "nuclear button on his own family".
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The Daily Telegraph's lead story reports that US President Joe Biden watched Meghan and Harry's interview and was said to be "impressed by the duchess's disclosures about her mental health". It adds that Buckingham Palace is under "intense pressure" to respond to the couples' claims, with a senior royal source saying: "The institution needs to lead the response to this. What a sad, terrible morning."
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The Guardian also reports that Buckingham Palace is "in crisis" after the allegation of racism made during Meghan and Harry's interview. The paper says this allegation was one of several "incendiary" claims made by the couple that would have "shaken the Royal Family to its foundations".
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"Just the Four of Us Now" is the front page headline of the Metro, which features a black and white photograph of Prince Harry and a pregnant Meghan who is clutching their son, Archie. The family portrait, taken after their interview with Winfrey, was released to mark the news that the couple's second child will be a girl.
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The Daily Express says Meghan and Harry's "devastating" interview has "rocked" the monarchy. In the 70th year of the Queen's reign and with Prince Philip still in hospital, the paper says the nation's "only consensus" can be that it is "so sad that it has come to this".
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The Daily Star chooses to focus on the other television programmes that were on during the UK broadcast of Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview - including Masterchef, Googlebox and the Vicar of Dibley - but says it missed this "sensational night of TV" due to a broken telly.
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The Financial Times leads on a warning from the governor of the Bank of England about the possibility of rising inflation as the nation recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that the risks are now "increasingly-two sided". The paper reports that Andrew Bailey emphasised that the bank was working on preparations for negative interest rates if the economic recovery "disappointed and on how best to tighten policy if rapid spending growth increased inflationary pressures".

One story is given almost exclusive front-page coverage - the fallout from Oprah Winfrey's interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"Worst royal crisis in 85 Years" is the headline in the Daily Mirror. "Palace in turmoil over racism claims," says the Times - while the Sun demands "So who is the Royal Racist?"

"What have they done?" asks the Daily Mail - which claims Buckingham Palace is "paralysed with horror and dismay" as Prince Harry stands accused of "blowing up his family".

'Palace under pressure'

The Guardian warns the interview threatens to have a "devastating impact" on the reputation of the monarchy - and has "shaken the Royal Family to its foundations".

The Telegraph highlights US President Joe Biden's praise for Meghan's courage - and says the Palace is under "intense pressure" to respond to her claims.

According to the Times, the Queen refused to sign-off a statement prepared by officials aimed at de-escalating tensions - wanting "more time to consider her response".

The Express headline, "So sad it has come to this," shows concern for the Queen - but the whole affair has passed by the Daily Star. "Our telly broke last night," it says. "Did we miss something?"

The Sun makes sure nothing is missed - publishing a full transcript of the two-hour broadcast. The paper claims the royal couple appeared "cruel, self-pitying and unreliable" - but admits the interview "did the job they wanted".

Footage cut from the final edit "could inflict even more damage", according to the Daily Telegraph. It accuses Harry and Meghan of a "deliberate attempt to cause most harm" - and suggests the couple's main complaint "seems to have been the failure to treat them as equals with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge".

The Metro appears more sympathetic, choosing a newly released photograph of Harry cradling his pregnant wife and son for its front page - and the headline, "Just the four of us now."

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Elsewhere, the Guardian highlights Boris Johnson's warning that the reopening of schools could delay the end of lockdown - after the prime minister said the return of children to classrooms would "inevitably" increase the risk of transmission.

According to the paper, the remarks "sparked alarm" from a number of Tory MPs who insist the government should remain open to the possibility of lifting the measures earlier.

The Daily Mirror's editorial acknowledges that the first day back to school "went well" - but predicts trouble ahead if the government "ticks a box and recklessly moves on, pretending everything is sorted".

The Times reports that Mr Johnson rejected calls for an earlier easing of the rules despite the latest figures - which show coronavirus cases and deaths have dropped to their lowest levels for five months.

Monday's Downing Street news conference was presented with a "slew of positive data", it says, but the prime minister insisted people and businesses would "trade haste in favour of security and certainty about dates".

Uncertainty about rising inflation is the main news for the Financial Times. It says Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has warned the risks are now "increasingly two-sided" as the economy recovers from the pandemic.