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Newspaper headlines: Harry ‘arrives in UK’, and ‘shutters come up’

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By BBC News

The Sun front page 12 April 2021
The death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99 on Friday continues to be the main focus of several papers. The Sun reports that the Duke of Sussex flew into Britain on Sunday ahead of his grandfather’s funeral next weekend. A member of Prince Harry’s entourage would not confirm to the BBC if he had yet travelled to the UK. It is the first time Harry will have returned to his home country since he and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped back from senior royal duties last year. Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, will remain in the US on advice of her doctors.

Meanwhile, the Duke of York said his father’s death had left a “huge void” in the Queen’s life, the Times reports, as more members of the Royal Family paid tribute on Sunday. Princess Royal said her father was her “teacher, supporter and critic”. Prince Andrew said Britain had lost “the grandfather of the nation”, adding that the Queen’s family was “rallying round” to support her after she lost her husband, the paper adds.

The photo dominating the front page is of the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral in 1972, which has been posted on the Royal Family’s Instagram account.The Daily Telegraph also leads with the Queen’s tribute to her husband. “The Queen, as you would expect, is an incredibly stoic person. And she described his passing as a miracle,” Prince Andrew said.

On Sunday, a special remembrance service for Prince Philip was held in Canterbury Cathedral.And the Queen’s reported comments about her late husband of 73 years also dominate the Daily Express.Elsewhere, the Daily Mail leads with comments made by Prince Philip’s daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, in which she revealed he died “peacefully”. “It was so gentle, like someone took him by the hand and off he went,” Sophie said.The Metro also leads with Sophie’s comments. “It’s such a shock.

At the same time, you know it’s going to happen, but when it happens it’s just this massive, massive hole,” she said.The Daily Mirror has a split front page, featuring both tributes to the duke and the other story featuring prominently in Monday’s papers – the reopening of non-essential shops, hairdressers and other businesses in England.

The paper says today the country starts to “throw off the shackles of Covid-19”. Millions of customers are expected to visit stores, pubs and salons, the paper adds.People in England are being urged to “behave responsibly”, the i reports. “Caution urged as shutters come up” is the paper’s main headline. Government scientists have warned that infections could spike again if social distancing is not observed, the paper adds. It comes as a record number of second doses were administered in the UK on Saturday – more than 475,000.Adopting a celebratory tone, the Daily Star says people are faced with a difficult choice today – go to the pub or the barbers.

Meanwhile, the Guardian leads with its analysis showing young black workers are three times as likely to be unemployed during the pandemic as their white counterparts. The paper says the black youth unemployment rate was the same in the last quarter of 2020 as in the early 1980s – around the time of the Brixton riots. Experts have warned the pandemic has exposed “deep-rooted inequalities” in the jobs market, the paper adds.

Finally, the Financial Times reports that China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested mixing vaccines to bolster the efficacy of jabs. In addition to mixing vaccines, the number of doses and the interval between them might also be amended, Gao Fu, the head of the CDC, said. It is the first time a government body has acknowledged concerns over the effectiveness of domestic vaccinations, the paper reports.

Meanwhile, former PM David Cameron has admitted he made mistakes in lobbying the government for the now-collapsed firm Greensill Capital.

The papers are still dominated by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The Queen’s comment – relayed by her son the Duke of York – that Prince Philip’s death has left a “huge void” in her life provides the headline for both the Times and the Daily Telegraph

The Times adds that it was the first time Prince Andrew had spoken in public since stepping down from official duties. 

The Telegraph says the Duke of Cambridge’s three children will not be attending Philip’s funeral because of the limited numbers allowed. 

The Daily Mail and Metro highlight the words of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, on the duke’s final moments: “So gentle, just like someone took him by the hand, and off he went.” 

The Mail describes the countess as “emotional” as she talked to well-wishers after a church service in Windsor. 

The Yorkshire Post picks out a quote from her husband, Prince Edward, that the Queen was “bearing up” and was greatly comforted by a “wave of affection” from the public. 

The Sun claims the Duke of Sussex has arrived back in Britain from the US, and gone straight into quarantine so he can attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday.

Under the headline “Dash Harry”, the paper quotes an insider as saying “a lot has happened since Harry was last with his family, but the focus will be on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and nothing else”.

ReutersThe Duke of Edinburgh, pictured in 2017 with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Financial Times reports that China is to “mix and match” Covid vaccines, doses, and the gaps between jabs because of concerns about the effectiveness of its home grown treatment. 

It is the first time that China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged any problems. 

The FT adds that China has already exported 40 million doses worldwide and the change in strategy will have ramifications for more than 20 countries that have deals to receive the Sinovac jab.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has left young black workers in the UK three time more likely to be jobless than their white peers, according to analysis for the Guardian.

Its study of data from the Office for National Statistics has concluded there is now an unemployment rate of more than 40% for black people aged between 16 and 24. 

The paper points out that it is the same as the level in the 1980s when the Brixton riots took place in London.

A government spokesman tells the paper that, pre-Covid, the employment rates for ethnic minorities had been at a record high and it remains committed to helping to close the unemployment gap.

PA MediaHairdressers can reopen in England from today

The Telegraph reports that many pubs and restaurants face confusion about the rules on what counts as “outdoor” spaces when they re-open to serve people food and drink. 

The paper says different councils are interpreting the law in different ways and that trade associations have urged local authorities not to be “over-zealous” and to show “pavement pragmatism”. 

The Daily Mirror headline declares that it is “Open Day” with “millions” expected at shops, pubs and salons as “we begin to throw off the shackles of Covid-19”. 

And the Daily Star says “thirsty Brits face a tough choice today… hit the pub or go to the barbers”.

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