Newspaper headlines: Prince Andrews ‘squirms’ in ‘bombshell’ interview


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The Observer is one of several papers to lead with Prince Andrew’s “bombshell” interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, which was broadcast on Saturday evening. The paper focuses on the alibi which the Duke of York gave when asked about Virginia Giuffre’s claim he had sex with her when she was a teenager. The duke said on the night of the alleged encounter, he was at home after a visit to Pizza Express. The paper describes the prince’s account of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein as “sometimes rambling and contradictory”.

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The Mail on Sunday focuses on some of the reaction from viewers, many of whom it says were shocked by Prince Andrew’s apparent “total lack of empathy” for Epstein’s victims. The newspaper says the prince was “humiliated” in the “disastrous” TV interview. The duke “looked deeply uncomfortable” during the grilling, the paper adds.

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The Sunday Mirror’s headline refers to part of Prince Andrew’s interview where he was asked about Virginia Giuffre’s description of dancing with the prince, saying he sweated profusely and she went on to have a bath. The duke – the Queen’s third child – said he “couldn’t sweat” at that time because of a medical condition.

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The Sunday Express carries a large picture of Prince Andrew on its front page, alongside the main points from the interview, which it calls “amazing”. But the paper’s main story is on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s nationalisation plans which the paper reports could pose a risk to millions of private pensions.

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The Sunday Telegraph also carries a picture of Prince Andrew, but its main story is on the election. It has interviewed Boris Johnson – his first newspaper interview of the campaign – who has claimed that every Conservative parliamentary candidate has personally pledged to back his Brexit deal in the Commons. The paper says the “highly unusual decision” is designed to help convince Leave supporters that the Tories will deliver Brexit.

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Sunday’s Daily Star leads with the forecast of more rain from the Met Office, warning of “flood chaos” over the festive period. The weather experts have told emergency services and councils to prepare for more rain than normal over the coming months, the paper says.

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The Sunday People leads with an interview with a woman who says she was attacked by a serial rapist who had previously been imprisoned in his home country of Romania for two almost identical rapes, the paper says, before he came into Britain.

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The Sunday Times’s top story is on a year-long investigation, carried out with BBC Panorama, which found military commanders covered up evidence of British soldiers’ involvement in war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence said extensive investigations into allegations had been carried out, and no decision had been taken to prosecute any of the cases. Meanwhile, the paper has seen a leak of the parliamentary report into Russian interference, which found meddling by Russia may have had an impact on the Brexit referendum but the effect was “unquantifiable”.

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