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Meghan, Home Office 'crisis' and Belfast city plans - what the papers say, December 26

Pictures of the royals at Sandringham feature heavily in the Boxing Day papers.

What the papers say - December 26
What the papers say - December 26

There is only one event which dominates the front pages – at least picture-wise – with Meghan Markle making her way to the Sandringham estate for her first Christmas ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry next year.

Otherwise, the papers are serving up a Boxing Day feast with blue passports, a sales frenzy and free speech all making the headlines.

The Belfast Telegraph leads on a senior cleric's concern at a £400m plan for the city centre. Bishop of Connor Alan Abernethy has written to Belfast City council objecting to plans by developer Carisbrooke, which could include a 27-story skyscraper just yards from historic St Anne’s.

The Times carries a picture of Ms Markle and leads with comments from universities minister Jo Johnson who will say students should be expected to encounter controversial opinions during their studies.

The Guardian reports that staff in the asylum directorate of the Home Office are operating in a “constant state of crisis”, according to whistleblowers.

The i leads on calls from the Pope for a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine following growing tensions in the region.

The Sun says that Meghan Markle provided some “Hollywood glamour” to the royal Christmas Day at Sandringham.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror has a photo of the royals next to the story of Honey-Rose Clark, who spent her first Christmas at home after “fighting back from the brink of death”.

The Daily Mail carries a story about people “sneering” at the return of blue passports, with one MP saying “elitists need to accept the result” of the EU referendum.

And the Daily Express reports that more than £4 billion is expected to be spent as the UK hits the Boxing Day sales.

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