Newspaper headlines: 'Freedom at a price' as Queen seals 'hard Megxit'

  • 19 January 2020
Sunday Express front page 19/01/20
Image caption There's only one story in town on Sunday's front pages - the deal struck between the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the pair's future. Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties. "Freedom... at a price," says the Sunday Express. They will become known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The Sunday Times front page 19/01/20
Image caption "They're out," says the Sunday Times. The paper reports the Queen issued a statement saying Harry and Meghan would "always be much loved members of my family". It says the deal "amounts to the abdication of the royal 'rock stars'".
Sunday Mirror front page 19/01/20
Image caption The Sunday Mirror says Harry and Meghan were "cut loose from the royals" as the Queen ordered a "hard Megxit" (though we're not convinced they were her exact words...) The couple agreed to pay back £2.4m of taxpayers' money spent on refurbishing their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
The Mail on Sunday front page 19/01/20
Image caption The Mail on Sunday says under the terms of the "historic deal thrashed out at Sandringham yesterday" the pair will cease to be working members of the Royal Family from the spring and will not perform any official duties on behalf of the Queen, "effectively leaving 'The Firm' completely".
The Sun on Sunday front page 19/01/20
Image caption "Payback time," is the headline of the Sun on Sunday. The tabloid reports that Prince Charles, Harry's father, will continue to fund the couple with his private money.
Sunday Telegraph front page 19/01/20
Image caption "Harry and Meghan cast out," is the Sunday Telegraph's splash. The paper says the "seismic statement" revealed the Sussexes' departure would be "much more complete than previously thought". Elsewhere, the paper reports the prime minister is preparing to impose new restrictions on low-skilled migrants moving to Britain on the first day after the Brexit transition period ends in December. "No 10 to shut door on EU migrants two years early," it says.
The Observer front page 19/01/20
Image caption The Observer is the only Sunday paper not to lead on the royals, instead reporting that Boris Johnson will warn his cabinet to focus all their energy on developing policies for post-Brexit Britain - or face the sack in a reshuffle within weeks. In its royal story, the paper quotes the Queen as saying she was "particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family".
Daily Star Sunday front page 19/01/20
Image caption "Harry gets heir dryer off Queen," puns the Daily Star. Describing it as the "Queen's revenge", the paper says the monarch "had the final say on Harry and Meghan's future last night, effectively cutting them out of the Royal Family".
The Sunday People front page 19/01/29
Image caption "Harry and Meghan out in the cold," is the headline on the front of the Sunday People as it reports the pair plan to live most of the time in North America.

The Sunday Telegraph believes there are no winners as a result of what many of the front pages are calling "Megxit" - the exit of the Duke an Duchess of Sussex as front-line royals.

There is a comment piece on the front, which expresses broad support for the Queen's decision - which the paper says was not to let Harry and Meghan "have their cake and eat it".

But it suggests that some might find the idea of stripping Prince Harry of his military appointments "overly punitive". And it argues the Queen and the Royal Family have lost one of their most popular figures.

Under the headline "can't have the chateau and the gateau", the Sunday Mirror welcomes the fact that Harry and Meghan will no longer be allowed to use their HRH titles.

"Only those who do the work of Royal Highnesses should be allowed to call themselves such," it says. It goes on to commend the way the Queen has handled the situation, concluding that she has "acted decisively but compassionately".

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Newspaper headlines: 'Alarm' over school isolation booths and 'Mugxit'

  • 18 January 2020
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Image caption Sajid Javid told the Financial Times there would be not be alignment on regulation with the EU after Brexit

The chancellor's interview with the Financial Times - in which he warns British businesses the UK will not stay closely aligned to EU rules - is picked up by Bloomberg.

It describes Sajid Javid as "firing an early salvo" in what's likely to be a "fractious year", as London and Brussels attempt to agree their future relationship.

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Newspaper headlines: Harry's 'farewell' and social media firm 'payback'

  • 17 January 2020

The Daily Telegraph leads with what it calls the "Big Ben Brexit bongs row" - which the paper says has descended into farce.

The House of Commons authorities have raised concerns about the prime minister's idea of using public donations to get the clock chiming on 31 January to mark the UK's departure from the EU.

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Newspaper headlines: Kate the 'dazzling duchess' and Putin's Kremlin revamp

  • 16 January 2020
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Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Bradford on Wednesday - their first public engagement since Prince Harry and Meghan announced they would step back as full-time royals - makes the front of the Metro and Daily Telegraph. The Daily Mail's front page dubs Kate the "dazzling duchess".

Elsewhere, there is much analysis of Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposed constitutional changes - or as the Daily Mail puts it the "shock plan that could see him in charge for life".

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Newspaper headlines: 'Markle vs Markle' and PM targets crime gangs

  • 15 January 2020
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The Duchess of Sussex's legal battle with the Mail on Sunday makes the front of the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Sun.

The Daily Mail calls it the "courtroom showdown the Royals will be dreading" - saying there is the prospect of Meghan's father testifying against her in the action she has brought against its sister newspaper for publishing one of her letters to him.

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Newspaper headlines: The Queen's 'reluctant farewell' and 'Orf you go'

  • 14 January 2020
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The front pages are dominated by the royals.

The Daily Mail calls the Queen's statement on the future roles of Prince Harry and Meghan "historic".

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Newspaper headlines: Harry 'in turmoil' and 'royal soap Oprah'

  • 13 January 2020

Many of the papers look ahead to the Royal Family's meeting about the future roles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Daily Mirror says one may only imagine the anguish the Queen is facing at having to host the summit. The Guardian thinks the talks will have implications not just for the couple, but also for other members of the Royal Family.

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Newspaper headlines: William's 'sadness' as Queen calls royal 'summit'

  • 12 January 2020
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The front pages are dominated by the fallout from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to step back from royal duties.

The Sunday Telegraph describes Monday's meeting involving the Queen, other senior members of the royal family and Prince Harry, as a "showdown".

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Newspaper headlines: Queen gives '72-hour deadline to resolve rift'

  • 11 January 2020
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There is continued speculation and comment about what the Guardian calls a right royal mess.

It says the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back from their frontline duties raises complex questions ranging from taxpayers' support for the royals to the future of the institution.

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Newspaper headlines: Royal Family 'crisis talks' and jet 'hit by missile'

  • 10 January 2020
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The reverberations of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to step back from their royal duties dominate both the front and inside pages.

The news that the duchess has left the UK is the main story for the Daily Mail - with the headline "Meghan flees to Canada".

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