Today’s news summary – Paper Talk: Royals out of hospital & ‘Siege of Paris’
Many of Tuesday’s newspaper front pages feature images of King Charles and the Princess of Wales, leaving a central London hospital following their treatments.
‘Royals out of hospital’
The Metro leads with the headline “Royals on road to recovery,” as the King and Princess of Wales leave the London Clinic post-surgery. Kate departed privately, almost two weeks after she had an abdominal operation at the London Clinic. King Charles, accompanied by Camilla, waved to a few well-wishers as he walked out, three days after being admitted for treatment for an enlarged prostate.
According to the Daily Mail, the Princess of Wales has reunited with her children after a two-week separation, with no official engagements expected until after Easter.
The Daily Telegraph’s front page features a picture of the King, described as “a picture of health,” waving to crowds and expressing gratitude for well-wishes upon leaving the London Clinic.
The Daily Express echoes good wishes with its headline, “Wishing you both well,” and reports that King Charles may take a month off work following his three-night hospital stay in Marylebone.
‘Siege of Paris’
Away from royal news, a mix of domestic and international stories dominate the papers.
The Daily Telegraph leads with French farmers who on Monday began moving hundreds of tractors in an effort to blockade key routes into the French capital, termed the “siege of Paris.” The paper says farmers are arguing they are being hit by falling incomes, environmental regulations, rising red tape, and competition from imports.
The Times reveals that Iranian dissidents in the UK have been cautioned by counterterrorism police about an elevated risk of violence and kidnapping. Potential targets are informed of Tehran’s use of proxies, including gangs, for assassination attempts, death threats, and other forms of intimidation.
The Guardian leads with the headline “Dismay as households face £2bn council tax increase,” reporting that officials from the levelling up department anticipate nearly a 5% rise in council tax bills for households in England from April. The government, while noting councils’ responsibility for their finances, advises awareness of cost of living pressures.
On the front page of The Sun, England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is featured, with the tabloid claiming he was out drinking in Belfast until the early hours last week while allegedly “calling in sick.” Manchester United acknowledges Rashford “taking responsibility for his actions” after reports of his presence in Northern Ireland nightspots.
The Financial Times reports that Flutter, the gambling group owning Paddy Power, intends to depart the UK’s FTSE 100 index by relocating its primary listing to New York, marking what it describes as “another blow to London’s ailing equity market.”