Newspaper headlines: 'Europe's new Iron Curtain' and '100m for the royals?'

By BBC News

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The Financial Times is one of several papers to highlight comments from the governor of the Bank of England, who says inflation will hit the UK harder than other countries.

Andrew Bailey was speaking at a conference in Portgual - where he and other central bank chiefs said the era of low inflation and interest rates had come to an end.

The Times reports on the "troop surge" to defend Nato countries from Putin. The paper says Britain, the US and Germany have all committed more troops to defend the defensive alliance's eastern flank. For the Metro, it's "Europe's New Iron Curtain."

The Guardian highlights research by Oxford University which suggests that the privatisation of NHS care has led to "significantly increased" rates of death from treatable causes. The paper says the research will prompt new fears about the potential harms of outsourcing care - but it also notes the authors acknowledge several limitations in their findings and say more research is needed.

Another story for the Guardian is an apparent fresh threat to Boris Johnson from Tory rebels. The paper says his opponents - some of whom were loyal to the prime minister as recently as last week - plan a takeover of the influential 1922 Committee to try to bring about a fresh confidence vote. The apparent plots come amid what it describes as a "hardening of the mood" against Mr Johnson.

The prime minister provides the main story in the Telegraph, which says No 10 fears the inquiry into whether he misled parliament over parties in Downing Street could become a "kangaroo court". It quotes allies of Mr Johnson accusing the inquiry, launched yesterday by the House of Commons' Privileges Committee, of relying on hearsay evidence as witnesses will be granted anonymity.

The i's front page is based on a Treasury source saying that no new money will be spent on UK defence before 2025. The paper reports Mr Johnson faces an open revolt from what it calls "Cabinet big beasts" because the freeze will mean a real-terms cut in military funding.

The Telegraph, in an editorial, accuses the Conservatives of busily ditching their own manifesto promises on taxes and defence spending, and deepening the party divide.

Prince Charles is pictured on the front of the Times looking slightly uncomfortable at a garden party in Edinburgh, next to the story that he will never again accept cash donations on behalf of his charities. The Sunday Times had previously reported he'd been given around £2.5m a suitcase and carrier bags by the former prime minister of Qatar.

The Daily Mail says Buckingham Palace has "effectively buried" the review into the handling of allegations of bullying by the Duchess of Sussex - claims she has always denied. The paper says even those who took part in the inquiry haven't been told the outcome. The Telegraph says the decision to keep the findings private has raised serious questions about transparency.

The royals also provide the main story for the Daily Mirror. The paper reports that the Royal Family cost taxpayers a record £102 million pounds last year, a figure it describes as a "cost of palace living crisis".