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‘Recollections may vary’: how the papers covered Queen’s response to Meghan interview

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “‘Recollections may vary’: how the papers covered Queen’s response to Meghan interview” was written by Martin Farrer, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 10th March 2021 03.40 UTC

The newspaper front pages have feasted on the royal crisis for a second day with several splashes focusing on the Queen’s “recollections may vary” reaction to the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ suggestions of palace racism.

The Telegraph goes with “Issue of race concerning, but recollections may vary, says Queen”, while the Times splash handles the crisis carefully, with a headline reading: “Queen says racism claim will be handled in private”.

Amid questions about the media’s past treatment of Meghan, the Mail splashes on a poll claiming there is a “huge backlash” against the Sussexes and that a majority of Britons want them to lose their royal titles.

“Poll: now strip them of their titles”, the splash headline says, above a story reporting that 51% of people surveyed want the couple sanctioned, with 28% against. The story also claims that a majority thinks the Sussexes were wrong to give the interview in the first place and that they had let the Queen down.

The Guardian front-page story is headlined “Royals respond to race row: ‘We will address this in private’”, and also reports on the related departure of Piers Morgan: “ITV drama as Morgan storms off and quits”. But its main story is about a funding crisis in local government: “Revealed: true scale of the cash crisis facing councils”.

The Sun’s front page is “Recollections may vary” beneath a picture of Meghan and the Queen in happier times, while the Express also has “Recollection may vary says Queen”.

The Mirror resists the temptation to splash on its former editor quitting his job on Good Morning Britain, but it does refer to it above its main story which focuses on a more upbeat line in the Queen’s statement on the Sussexes: “Queen: We will always love you”.

Elsewhere, the i leads on “NHS pay rise: public says 1% not enough” and the FT has “England’s £23bn test and trace programme condemned by MPs”.

North of the border the Scotsman leads with “Mother’s Day reunions as social restrictions eased”, while the Herald reports on sexual harassment allegations against SNP chief whip Patrick Grady, who has stood down pending an investigation by the party.

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