Paper review: ‘Mega party’ and ‘Meghan’s manifesto’

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    The Metro
    Image caption The royal wedding continues to attract coverage in many of the papers. The Metro has details about the “knees-up” that followed “the best-ever royal wedding”. The first dance was to a Whitney Houston song, the DJ was actor Idris Elba and the cocktails were ginger and rum, the paper reports.
    the sun
    Image caption The Sun describes the event as a “fun-filled early-hours wedding bash” including a dinner hosted by actor and TV personality James Corden.
    Daily Mirror
    Image caption The Mirror leads on the Duchess of Sussex’s “moving” comments about her new husband: “I have found my prince”.
    Daily Express
    Image caption The Daily Express takes its headline from Prince Harry’s own tribute to his “dazzling” bride: “Absolutely stunning”. It says the wedding has left Britain with “a warm glow”. The paper also reports praise for Prince Charles’ speech at the reception in which he recalled feeding his son with a bottle of milk and changing his nappy. “My darling old Harry, I’m so happy for you,” he is reported to have said. According to the paper “there was barely a dry eye.”
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    Image caption The Times simply opts for a picture of the couple taken shortly after the ceremony as they ride in a horse-drawn Ascot Landau.
    Daily Telegraph
    Image caption The Daily Telegraph looks ahead to how the new Duchess of Sussex will use her role to champion women’s rights. It reports Buckingham Palace has “given its blessing” to her plans to “fight for feminism”. She reportedly told guests at the reception that she would “love” to get involved in campaign work, saying: “That’s why I am here, bring it on”.
    Daily Mail
    Image caption The Daily Mail says the Duchess of Sussex wants to take the Royal Family in “a bold new direction”. It draws attention to her new page on the Buckingham Palace’s website which highlights a “keen awareness of social issues”. The Mail quotes a source saying that Meghan wanted to make an “impact”.
    The Guardian
    Image caption The number of vulnerable homeless people being fined and given criminal convictions for begging and rough sleeping is growing, says the Guardian. The paper reports that local councils are using powers given to them in 2014 by then home secretary Theresa May. The paper cites a case in which a man was jailed for four months for begging. The judge in the case is quoted as saying: “I will be sending a man to prison for asking for food when he was hungry.”
    The i
    Image caption The i reports on a speech Theresa May is expected to make on how artificial intelligence could prevent 22,000 deaths by 2033. It says more than 50,000 people with cancer could be diagnosed earlier and that emerging technologies could give people five extra years of life.
    The FT
    Image caption The UK is looking to launch a satellite navigation system – potentially with Australia – to rival Europe’s Galileo project. The paper describes “escalating tensions” as Brussels insists the UK be barred from secure elements of Galileo and the Ministry of Defences plans to boost resources for a specialist space unit.
    Daily Star
    Image caption The Daily Star uses its front page to explain why Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich was not at the FA Cup Final. The Russian billionaire’s visa ran out last month and the Home Office has yet to rule on a new one, reports the paper.

    A sun-soaked royal wedding is still casting its warm glow on the morning papers.

    The Sun, which shows the couple leaving for their evening reception, promises to reveal the secrets of what it calls a “fun-filled early-hours bash”.

    Those secrets include candy floss; themed cocktails including one called “When Harry Met Meghan”; and dancing competitions among senior royals.

    The Daily Mirror says the Hollywood star George Clooney danced with Meghan, then the Duchess of Cambridge but was turned down by Sarah Ferguson.

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    The Daily Telegraph sets out details of the music, saying it all started with Whitney Houston, before moving into soul classics such as Aretha Franklin, then back to the 80s for Madonna.

    But the Daily Mail claims a scoop, insisting the happy couple’s first dance was, in fact, Land of a Thousand Dances. It dismisses reports “you might have read elsewhere” that it was Whitney.

    Of course, the bigger question is what it all meant for the Royal Family, and the country.

    The Daily Mail calls it a glorious day, saying the wedding “symbolised the monarchy’s evolution into a contemporary institution – at ease with itself, outward looking, and fit for the 21st century”.

    Online, the Independent says the event showed “a little less deference, a lot more diversity” adding cautiously that “depending on where you stand on the question of the monarchy, that is the either very bad or very good news.”

    “Hollywood would kill for the sort of ratings our royal soap scored on Saturday”, writes the Sun’s Trevor Kavanagh.

    “This was a truly uplifting occasion,” he says, and “it showed this country is world class”.

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    In the New York Times, its editorial writer Mara Gay – who is mixed race – says she wanted to avoid buying in to “fragile hopefulness” about what is possible for a black woman, and about what is possible for Americans.

    But she says she couldn’t help but get swept away. “Thank you, Meghan Markle”, she concludes, “we needed that.”

    ‘Fight for feminism’

    The Daily Telegraph says the Duchess of Sussex is to “fight for feminism” in her new public role.

    The Daily Mail says she has made it clear she intends to take the Royal Family in a new direction – quoting a source saying she is “keen to make an impact”.

    In a note of caution in its editorial, the Mail says that while her aims are admirable, she must be careful that her enthusiasm doesn’t allow her to be pulled into the political fray: “To survive, the monarchy must remain scrupulously neutral”.

    While its front page picture shows Harry and Meghan, the Guardian leads with an exclusive that increasing numbers of vulnerable, homeless people are being fined or even imprisoned.

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    It says that despite government guidance telling councils not to target rough sleepers authorities in England and Wales have convicted dozens of people for breaching orders which ban begging and loitering.

    Campaigners tell the paper that bans on drinking and swearing in town centres are being used to target homeless people, but councils insist they are using the measures only against anti-social behaviour.

    The Financial Times says the Grenfell inquiry, which begins on Monday, faces a tough challenge to satisfy its critics.

    The paper highlights the mixed record of inquiries, from the high impact of the Macpherson report on Stephen Lawrence’s murder, to the Chilcot report on the Iraq war, which was mocked for long delays and labelled a whitewash.

    The sudden pause in the trade war between China and the United States is front page news for the Financial Times.

    It says the two sides are claiming “meaningful progress” in trade talks, but that the vagueness of the announcement illustrated the vast gap between Beijing and Washington.

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    It says hardliners have been angered, as they think President Trump may have wasted the leverage he had built up with the threat of tariffs.

    The Wall Street Journal says mixed signals from Trump administration officials could further complicate the president’s agenda, while the Washington Post calls it “a seeming victory for the Chinese”.

    It says it was easy to miss the statement issued “in the midst of royal wedding mania” this weekend, but it’s hard to hide the fact that China looks to be winning the trade skirmish – so far.

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