What the papers say – November 18
The front pages are dominated by a sit-down media interview given by the Queen’s second son on his relationship with a sordid character.
The Duke of York’s interview about his connection to sex criminal Andrew Epstein leads Monday’s papers.
The Times reports the duke is standing by his decision to give the interview to the BBC, Metro calls him the “Duke of Porkies” and The Daily Telegraph says the Queen “did not give blessing” for the media opportunity.
The Times 18/11/2019— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) November 17, 2019
The Duke of York in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis. His decision to give the interview has been described as an appalling lack of judgement. Photo : Mark Harrison/BBC#tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimes @thetimes pic.twitter.com/LwZQ4YOwoV
Ex-Royal protection officer Dai Davies has told the Daily Mirror that he was “utterly unconvinced” by Andrew’s denial.
The Guardian said lawyers representing 10 of Epstein’s victims had branded Andrew’s account “implausible” and demanded he speak with the FBI, a claim echoed by the i newspaper.
Guardian front page, Monday 18 November 2019: Apologise to Epstein's victims now, prince told pic.twitter.com/nM89yCrnhO— The Guardian (@guardian) November 17, 2019
Andrew attended church with the Queen on the morning following his interview and told her it “was a great success”, according to The Sun.
EXCLUSIVE You couldn’t make this one up! Prince Andrew attended church with the Queen this morning and told her his disastrous TV interview was “a great success”. All the extraordinary details here: https://t.co/XCX29n9BDl pic.twitter.com/9a1IYpkC6o— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) November 17, 2019
But the Daily Mail reports the duke has said he has regrets over the interview and has sympathy for Epstein’s victims.
The Daily Express says Prime Minister Boris Johnson will “trigger a Brexit boom” via tax cuts, while The Independent reports on a poll which says the climate is “more important than economy to voters”.
Saudia Arabia “has sharply scaled back” its initial public offering of state oil company Aramco after a “lukewarm” response from investors, the Financial Times reports.