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The Papers: Day Of Royal Tragedy And Drama’ And ‘£16 Packs Of Cigs’

Image caption, It was “a day of royal tragedy and drama” according to the Daily Mail, as it covers the death of 45-year-old Thomas Kingston, who was the husband of Lady Gabriella Kingston and son-in law of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. In the second of a pair of royal headlines, the paper says Prince William “mysteriously” missed a memorial service for his late godfather King Constantine of Greece. Below the royal coverage, the paper’s lead story about Chancellor Jeremy Hunt reportedly deciding not to boost defence spending in the upcoming budget is headlined “Indefensible”.

Image caption, Also covering the grief by the Royal Family, the Times’s headline is “Royals shocked by sudden death” next to a picture of Thomas Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor. The paper’s lead story focuses on their own interview with Home Secretary James Cleverly who expresses his view that pro-Palestinian protesters have “made their point” and do not need to continue with their demonstrations which, in his words, are “not really saying anything new”.

Image caption, The Daily Telegraph carries the same photo on its front page. Its lead story in on the UK government’s decision to block a plan laid out by French President Emmanuel Macron’s to send Nato troops to Ukraine – due to concerns it would be a “major escalation” in the war.

Image caption, The Daily Mirror leads with the memorial service for King Constantine and specifically a picture of Prince Andrew apparently “leading” the British royals into the chapel. The paper points out that “shamed Andrew” was “front and centre” while Queen Camilla “discreetly went in by a side door”. The prince continues to be dogged by questions over his friendship with the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, but denies any wrongdoing.

Image caption, A pack of 20 cigarettes is going to set smokers back £16 after next week’s budget, according to Metro. The planned “huge tax rose” is part of a “war on smoking and vaping”, it says.

Image caption, The Guardian has spoken to a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a Tory MP. She accuses the Conservatives of being more interested in the party’s reputation than her welfare. It also has a story on the former head of the Post Office saying he was the target of a smear campaign led by Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch.

Image caption, The Daily Express keeps former Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson on its front page for a second day, with the headline “I’m not racist!” He was suspended by the Tories for suggesting London mayor Sadiq Khan is controlled by Islamists. Anderson tells the Express he was simply speaking for the Tory faithful.

Image caption, The Sun has the headline “BBC say sorry” after it apologised for the way it handled a complaint about the presenter Huw Edwards. The corporation said the complaint was not “escalated quickly enough” and that it has now changed its processes.

Image caption, The Financial Times leads on a story about how Thames Water is lobbying ministers and regulator Ofwat for approval to increase bills. It also has a story on Germany rejecting a French proposal to send Nato troops to Ukraine.

Image caption, And the Daily Star leads with a story on Taylor Swift being accused of being a “cheeky Satanist” – although it does admit its source for this claim is former Boyzone singer Shane Lynch.