The decision by Prince Harry and Meghan to distance themselves from the royal family has captured every front page today, with mentions of royal bombshells and many asking why the Queen was not consulted about the announcement.
The Sun gives us the Twitter hashtag headline for the day with “Megxit”, and says the Queen is upset but princes Charles and William are “incandescent with rage”. It claims its palace bombshell as an exclusive and is practically the only paper that does not feature a picture of the couple looking happy together.
The Daily Mail’s poster-style front page speaks of the “Queen’s fury” at the revelation in its royal bombshell special issue.
The Mirror says simply: “They didn’t even tell the Queen.” It quotes a source saying: “They are showing complete disregard for the institution.”
The Guardian reports the couple are going to step back from their senior royal duties and it highlights their plans to become financially independent.
The Telegraph says: “Harry and Meghan quit the Firm” alongside a huge picture of the couple and a deep single-column story. The Matt cartoon takes a dig at the royal family more widely with a drawing of a worker at the Pizza Express at Woking hanging a sign saying: “We’re hiring ex-dukes and duchesses.”
The Times points to a rift in the royal family and gives its readers a catchy: “Harry and Meghan quit amid royal family split.” It says the Queen is understood to be very disappointed.
The Express gives its front page to its headline: “Queen’s dismay as Harry and Meghan step back from royal life.” It reports palace courtiers are disappointed, too, and finds room for a small picture of the Queen looking unhappy.
The i makes it all about Harry, with the headline: “Prince quits.” It says the royal family is facing its most turbulent time since the 1936 abdication.
The Financial Times forgoes a picture of the couple, giving its splash to the US-Iran crisis, but gives the royals a downpage spot. “Royal couple pull out of public eye in search of financial independence” is the headline.
And an honourable mention for the New York Post, which pursued the Megxit idea and backed it up with an eye-catching vision of what “commoner” life might be like for the couple.