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NEWS HEADLINES:The Queen’s ‘reluctant farewell’ and ‘Orf you go’

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Metro front page 14 January
Image captionMost of Tuesday’s papers lead on the Queen agreeing a “period of transition” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they said they wished step back as full time royals. “You can go your own way” is the Fleetwood Mac inspired headline of the Metro.
The Sun front page 14 January
Image captionThe Sun claims the Queen’s statement “made it plain” that she is “deeply upset” by Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back.
The Daily Telegraph front page
Image caption”The Queen’s reluctant farewell” is the Daily Telegraph’s top headline. Like other newspapers, it features a photograph of Prince Harry kissing the Queen in 2015.
Daily Express front page 14 January
Image caption”Gracious Queen grants Harry his wish”, is the front page headline of the Daily Express, which says the monarch has “regretfully” agreed to the couple’s request.
Daily Mail front page 14 January
Image captionThe Queen’s apparent reluctance to agree to the couple’s request leads the Daily Mail’s coverage, with the newspaper calling events “possibly the biggest royal crisis in a generation”.
The Times front page 14 January
Image captionThe Queen’s “unprecedented” statement was “unusually informal in tone” but gave no clues as to the details, reports the Times.
The i front page 14 January
Image captionThe i’s take on the royal story is that Buckingham Palace has accepted a “radical overhaul” of the monarchy in allowing the couple to step away.
The Guardian
Image captionThe royal story makes the front page of the Guardian. But its lead is on climate – with its headline saying that “record heat in world’s oceans is ‘dire’ warning”. The newspaper says analysis shows the past five years have been the “five warmest recorded in the oceans”.
The Financial Times front page 14 January
Image captionIn a departure from the royals, The Financial Times reports the economy shrank in the run-up to the general election, which it says adds “further pressure” on the Bank of England to slash interest rates.
The Daily Star
Image captionThe Daily Star’s splash claims Marcus Rashford, the England and Manchester United footballer, could launch a range of toilet paper under his name.

The front pages are dominated by the royals.

The Daily Mail calls the Queen’s statement on the future roles of Prince Harry and Meghan “historic”.

The i describes it as the “Queen’s seal of approval” for a “reshaped royal family”.

The Daily Express headline refers to the “Gracious Queen” who has granted Prince Harry his wish to live a more independent life – but the decision has left the Queen “heartbroken” according to the Daily Mirror.

And the Sun mimics royal speech with its headline “Orf you go …but one is not amused”.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Vice News covers a study by US scientists which found the world’s oceans absorbed a record amount of heat last year.

One of the researchers tells the website it is the equivalent of about five Hiroshima bombs, every second, of every day, for a year.

The Guardian adds that the new analysis shows the past decade are the top 10 warmest recorded in the ocean – and the report concludes says it is evidence of “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet.

The Independent online carries a warning that plans to ban internet betting with credit cards won’t do enough to prevent gambling addicts racking up huge debts.

Proposals are due to be announced by the regulator this morning, but the Labour MP and campaigner, Carolyn Harris tells the news website that tighter rules should have been introduced “years ago”. She describes the Gambling Commission as “not fit for purpose”.

The Times suggests on its sport pages that the shake-up of gambling laws could see betting firms banned or restricted from advertising on football shirts.

Many papers contain eye-catching pictures from an erupting volcano as it lights up the night sky in the Philippines.

The Taal Vocano in the Philippines erupts with a huge plume of ash

The Financial Times shows a young man paddling a green canoe across a lake as a huge plume of ash fills the sky behind him.

Two papers have a couple’s wedding photos with the smoke plumes providing a dramatic backdrop. “Bride and Doom” is the Mirror’s headline, while the Express goes for “lava and marriage”.

The Daily Telegraph informs us that middle age misery peaks at 47.2 years of age – and that it could be the result of genetics.

An academic study by Professor David Blanchflower, looked at data from 132 countries to measure the relationship between wellbeing and age.

He concluded that in every country there is a U shaped happiness curve – with people at there most miserable in their forties. But once you’re passed that – things begin to get better.

And The Daily Mail is among the papers to pick up on a complaint from the chef, Heston Blumenthal, that too many customers let their food go cold so because they’re so busy taking pictures of it to post on social media.

Chef Heston Blumenthal

The chef is quoted as saying people were becoming “disconnected from the moment”.

According to the report Mr Blumenthal has considered asking customers to stop doing it but is worried about the reaction.

The Times notes that with a meal for two at The Fat Duck costs £650 – perhaps patrons can be forgiven for wanting a memento of their food.

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