image captionThe 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”.
image captionThe 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.
image captionThe 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”.
image captionThe 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.”
image captionThe 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”.
image caption“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.
image captionThe 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”.
image captionThe 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.
image captionThe 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”.