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 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.”
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.