Most papers focus on the Duke of Cambridge’s response to the findings of the independent inquiry into how the BBC obtained its 1995 interview with his mother, Princess Diana.
“William: BBC lies ruined my mother’s life,” is the Daily Mail’s main headline, as it calls his intervention “profound and explosive” on a “day of shame” for the corporation.
The i says he was “scathing” in his criticism, while the Sun reveals William does not buy into the claim that Martin Bashir was a “rogue reporter”.
The Daily Express notes that amid his “fury”, the prince also demanded that the programme never be aired again.
The Guardian is among the papers to consider the unanswered questions after Lord Dyson’s report. It says BBC executives need to explain why Martin Bashir was re-hired five years ago as religion editor.
The Times also wants to know how the letter was obtained in which Princess Diana says the forged statements did not influence her decision to give an interview and whether the late former editor of Panorama, Steve Hewlett, covered up Mr Bashir’s “dishonesty” to save his own reputation.
Among its 20 pages of coverage, the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay documents how the relationship between Princess Diana and Martin Bashir soured in the months after the interview.
While she initially viewed Mr Bashir as “charming”, he says she was put off by the journalist’s attempts to “pump” her butler, Paul Burrell, for information about the men she was seeing.
Continued questions about whether she planned to re-marry also “raised yet more suspicions”. The article says Diana eventually changed her mobile number to stop his calls.
Away from coverage of the BBC and Princess Diana, the Daily Telegraph reports on a backlash from doctors after health officials said patients had a right to in-person GP appointments.
The British Medical Association’s GP committee has passed a vote of no confidence in NHS England’s senior leaders – describing the move away from telephone appointments as the “final straw” for many doctors who it says have had no extra guidance about how to protect themselves against infection.
NHS England said GPs’ “dedication and hard work” had not gone unnoticed – but it could not ignore concerns of patients’ groups.
“UK in farm’s way” is the Daily Mirror’s take on the government’s plans for a free trade deal with Australia. It says producers here fear the agreement could see a flood of cheap and inferior food imports.
To further underline their fears, Australia’s biggest beef exporter is quoted in the Financial Times as saying a zero-tariff, zero-quota deal could boost its UK sales “tenfold”.
But the Sun says Boris Johnson will sign off on the deal, which will include a 15-year transition to allow British farmers to adjust.
Meanwhile, the government’s launch of Great British Railways has many reminiscing about journeys from a bygone era.
The Times’ Quentin Letts says denigration of the old British Rail food is a “canard” because there used to be delicious toasted tea cakes in the dining car between Paddington and Kemble in Gloucestershire.
The Daily Telegraph’s Davey cartoon has a man at a ticket booth asking for a “return to 1992”.