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Newspaper headlines: Meghan Markle’s father in wedding ‘drama’

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The latest on whether Meghan Markle’s father will attend her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday leads the Sun for the second consecutive day. The paper reports that Thomas Markle, 73, has “ruled himself out” of the royal wedding “once and for all” as he prepares for heart surgery on Wednesday. Earlier, Mr Markle had promised to attend, the newspaper says. Inside, the Sun dedicates four more pages to the royal wedding.

The Mirror wednesday

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The Mirror also reports that father of the bride Mr Markle is having major heart surgery on Wednesday which, the paper says, will prevent him from walking his daughter down the aisle. The newspaper quotes Mr Markle as saying: “Surgeons will clear blockage and repair damage.”

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The Express also leads with the Markles. It quotes Mr Markle as saying: “I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle. This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.” The newspaper says he was admitted to hospital on Tuesday with heart-related chest pains and concerns remain whether he will be well enough to travel to Windsor.

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The Metro also says Mr Markle will miss Saturday’s big day. Citing US website TMZ, the newspaper says Mr Markle is due to have a heart operation on Wednesday. It adds that Mr Markle, who reportedly pulled out of the wedding earlier this week, changed his mind and said he hoped to travel to England after Ms Markle reportedly sent him a text message saying “I love you”.

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The banner on the top of the Telegraph’s front page calls the latest on Ms Markle’s father “royal wedding drama”. The paper’s lead story is on comments made by Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent who said the UK’s economy has passed peak productivity. The economy may have passed the digital boom and is waiting for the next big breakthrough, which could be artificial intelligence, the paper says.

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Meanwhile, the i newspaper splashes with a different story about the popular millennial railcards. According to the paper, the wider launch of the 26 to 30 railcard – which has so far only been launched as a pilot scheme – has been delayed because of an alleged row within the Cabinet over how the cards will be funded. The Treasury said it remained committed to the railcard and would continue to “work with industry”, the i says.

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The Guardian leads on a report, which is published on Wednesday, into the collapse of construction company Carillion following a joint inquiry by two select committees. According to the paper, the report blames the collapse on “recklessness, hubris and greed” among directors at the company. The newspaper’s main front page picture, of Julian Assange, relates to its exclusive story claiming Ecuador spent millions of pounds on a spy operation to “protect and support” the WikiLeaks founder. The Ecuadorian government has not commented.

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The FT also leads with the 100-page report into Carillion’s collapse. The newspaper reports that the two committees of MPs, who ran the joint inquiry, are demanding that the Big Four accountancy firms be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority for a potential break-up.

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The Daily Star’s front page carries the news that former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel, 37, has died in a car crash in Cheshire. The paper says the world of football is in mourning for the Premier League star, who reportedly had just taken his children to school when the collision happened.

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The Daily Mail splashes with Tuesday’s unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics, which showed that the year-long pay squeeze is at an end. The newspaper hails it a success for “Brexit Britain”, reporting that a record number of Britons are now in work since records began in 1971.

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Wednesday’s Times leads with research published in The Lancet Psychiatry which has linked disrupted sleep to mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder. The lead author of the observational study – which is the largest of its kind – suggests that mobile phones should not be used after 10pm, the paper reports. People should increase their sleep hygiene by trying to be active during the day and inactive in darkness, Professor Daniel Smith said.

The latest on whether Meghan Markle’s father will attend Saturday’s royal wedding dominates many of the newspaper front pages for a second day in a row.

An updated edition of the Sun leads with a report that Thomas Markle is to have heart surgery today, ruling him out of attending her wedding to Prince Harry “once and for all”.

He reportedly blames his son for the setback, the Sun reports, saying Thomas Jr triggered his heart attack by writing an open letter urging Prince Harry not to go ahead with the wedding.

The story is also the lead for the Daily Mirror, which says the 73-year-old is too ill to walk his daughter down the aisle.

“Millennial Railcards Hit Buffers” is the headline on the front of the i newspaper. It reports that a key Tory pledge to win over younger votes has been “derailed” by a Cabinet row over how it should be funded.

The i says ministers are refusing to pay for the scheme despite a promise from the chancellor that millions of travellers will be offered discounted fares in the form of a 26-30 railcard. The Treasury says it is still committed to the scheme.

Conflict of interest?

A call by MPs for the big four accountancy firms to be referred to the competition regulator is the main story for the Financial Times and the Guardian.

The FT says the recommendation – made by two parliamentary committees in a report on the collapse of Carillion – comes amid calls from watchdogs and policymakers for the auditing giants to be broken up.

The FT’s LEX column says it’s an “anomaly” that auditors are paid by the organisations they scrutinise and that lucrative consulting work represents a “clanging” conflict of interest.

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The Office for National Statistics published its latest employment figures on Tuesday

Meanwhile, the deputy governor of the Bank of England has told the Daily Telegraph the British economy is entering what he calls a “menopausal” phase.

Ben Broadbent explains the metaphor as meaning the economy is no longer potent, and awaiting a breakthrough. He compares the current situation to that of 19th century Britain, when the steam era was over but the age of electricity was yet to begin.

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The Daily Mail has a contrasting front page with the headline “Brexit Britain’s booming!” It says the predictions of “Remain doom-mongers” have been thwarted by employment figures, which were released on Tuesday, showing a record 32.3 million people are in work.

The Mail’s leader column calls on Britain to use its “considerable leverage” to extract a generous Brexit deal from Brussels.

On Brexit, the Times reports that Brexit Secretary David Davis has warned Theresa May that her favoured post-Brexit customs arrangement may be illegal.

He is said to have raised the concern in a letter to the prime minister setting out his opposition to the proposal, with the backing of other Brexit-supporting cabinet ministers.

Sleep study

And several papers give their take on the announcement of a Brexit White Paper which is to be published ahead of a European Council meeting next month.

The Financial Times believes it is an attempt by Theresa May to get “on to the front foot” in negotiations with Brussels, albeit with the significant hurdle of getting a warring cabinet to decide what should go in the document. The Guardian says the PM risks embarrassment if she can’t get agreement on her priorities.

The Times leads on a major study linking disrupted sleep to depression. The research, published in the The Lancet Psychiatry journal, found people who roam the house after dark checking their social media and watching TV are more likely to suffer from neuroticism and mood disorders and rate themselves as less happy and more lonely.

The study’s author advises a 22:00 GMT cut-off for mobile phone use and says there is truth in the old adage of “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man health wealthy and wise”.

And the Daily Telegraph reveals how researchers have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the diary of Anne Frank.

The contents of two pages have been hidden and sealed with a covering of brown paper by the 13-year-old when she was writing in September 1942. But digital photographic techniques have revealed what’s underneath: her musings on sex, and some somewhat risque jokes.

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