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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Martin Bentham,

Home Affairs Editor

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at the London Evening Standard

and Victoria Murphy,

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who's Royal Correspondent

at the Daily Mirror.

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There's your clue as to what is on

the front pages!

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Tomorrow's

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front pages, starting with...

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The 'i' which has a picture

of Prince Harry and and his fiancee,

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the American actress

Meghan Markle who announced

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their engagement earlier today.

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The happy couple also makes

the Metro's front page,

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with a close up of the engagement

ring which is decorated

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with diamonds from Princess Diana's

collection.

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The Telegraph reports how

the Queen's corgis took to Ms Markle

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to Ms Markle straightaway,

according to Prince Harry.

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The FT leads with how

the price of the Bitcoin hit

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a record high today,

with the value of the virtual

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currency rising more than 850%

since the beginning of the year.

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The Daily Express goes

with the royal engagement,

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and comments from Harry

that the stars were aligned

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when he met Meghan.

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The Mirror reports how Prince Harry

had proposed earlier this month

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at his home in Kensington Palace

as the couple were

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making roast chicken.

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The Brexit secretary David Davis

could be in contempt of Parliament

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by refusing to hand over in their

entirety the impact assessments on

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Brexit, according to The Guardian

newspaper. The Times details

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accusations that some of Jeremy

Corbyn's left-wing supporters are

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facing for carrying out what the

paper calls an 'aggressive purge' of

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centrist local councillors. So,

there's only really one story today,

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as we have been reporting today, the

engagement, there had been a lot of

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speculation about it, we didn't know

when it was coming, Victoria may

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have known more! That engagement

today, Prince Harry and Meghan

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Markle will be married in the

spring. It says on the front page of

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the i newspaper, "Bride-to-be is

divorced American actress who will

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be the first mixed-race member of

the Royal family". The Queen says

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that she is delighted. What do you

think of it all, are you excited at

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the prospect of a royal wedding?

It

is a big new state, and the fact

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that she is very different, she

comes from America and is divorced,

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she is an actress, and she has a lot

of personality, clearly, it makes it

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quite an interesting and

eye-catching event for the public.

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The fact that Prince Harry has been

able to choose freely the person he

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wants, that is the defining thing. I

suppose if you think about his

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father, there was a lot of pressure

on him at the time 30 years ago to

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choose someone from the right

background. It's a good thing that

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Harry can choose the person he wants

to be with and that she can do the

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same.

Yes, there is no question that

this is a love match, you only had

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to watch that interview today and

you can see how they look at each

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other... Why make you could feel it

coming through the television. They

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are clearly completely in love. They

said early on that they were

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completely in love, he said she knew

that she was the one from the moment

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that he met her. And I think it

reflects the fact that they have

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been caught up in this whirlwind,

and they are completely besotted.

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You can see that in their faces.

And

in the interview, you cannot help

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but compare and contrast it with

previous interviews, whether it was

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Charles and Diana or William and

Kate, that this time Megan was doing

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most of the talking? -- but this

time Meghan was doing most of the

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talking?

She is with the UN, she is

an actress and so one but she said

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despite that background she wasn't

quite used to the attention of being

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a royal girlfriend and now a royal

bride-to-be. Clearly she is

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comfortable in talking in public.

Prince Harry himself has also spoken

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in public quite a bit, probably more

than some previous royal family

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members. They are both quite

comfortable in that environment and

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the interview was very relaxed with

some nice anecdotes.

And she was

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incredibly relaxed, I thought. So

comfortable and so open and free in

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how they spoke about their

relationship as well. You can

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contrast it with previous

interviews, and the most obvious

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comparison is William and Kate's

interview. At the time there was

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some handholding from William that

you felt that Megan was very

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accomplished in speaking.

And the

ring... It was designed by Prince

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Harry himself, apparently. Tell us

some of those details about the

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diamonds?

We found out today, when

Meghan appeared wearing the ring,

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when she came out, Harry designed

the ring and had it made by one of

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the jewellers which works with the

Queen, he chose three diamonds the

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Centre Diamond is from Botswana, a

place where they have holidayed

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together, it's very close to Harry's

heart, he calls it his second home

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and the two diamonds either side

were from Princess Diana's Private

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collection.

They spoke about her, he

made the point that this is the kind

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of occasion where he misses having

his mum around.

You would, if your

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parents are at an engagement, it's

what you would like to have but what

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is interesting is they calculated

the engagement ring is worth

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£200,000... I'm not sure how they

have done that.

At least, I'm sure!

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It's very difficult to put a price

on their own's diamonds!

And they

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were roasting a chicken!

I love that

fact!

But also he almost couldn't

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finish... Having plucked up the

courage to do it...

It's

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interesting, the proposal was

clearly low-key and relaxed, which

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is what we have said, they are very

relaxed, it was premeditated but not

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in a fancy way. Webb he said that

they had dates in the cottage, they

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didn't want everyone looking at them

outside so they did things in

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reverse. The Daily Mirror with that

quote from Prince Harry, she tripped

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and fell into my life...

And those

details about the roast chicken

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which everybody seems to like quite

a lot here. Can she carve out a role

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for herself? She is slightly older

than Princess Diana was when she

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became a princess, she is 36 and has

done a lot of charity work, can she

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carry on that kind of thing?

Prince

Harry does his own Invictus Games,

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all that kind of work. I think they

do both believe in doing things

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above and beyond their royal duties.

Clearly they will do more royal

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duties, he spoke that he felt that

she would be happy in that role. And

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so on. It's essential, really, for

her, that she continues what she is

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doing and there is a lot of

acceptance among everyone connected

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that she is an independent person.

That is part of her attraction.

She

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is giving up the acting, she said

that today, she sees this as a new

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chapter. Part of the Royal 's work

is charity work. In the sense that

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doing the charity work isn't a

departure from royal duties but part

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of the same thing. She seemed

excited about taking that on. They

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will be a real tour de force on the

public stage because they are both

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so genuinely passionate.

And you

could tell that they felt that as

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seeking the could further those

charitable causes -- they felt that

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as a team. They talked about the

Commonwealth in particular.

Some

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people would be sceptical about the

royal family but the fact of the

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matter is that they have an impact.

They can open doors, they can create

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good things, in places all around

the world. Whether you believe it or

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not, that is the reality. The royal

presence, both of them, they can do

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a lot of good and she can do that.

And The Guardian newspaper, they

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have a picture on the front, a

comment piece, about the changing

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faces of the UK as shoot towards

race, Meghan Markle is of mixed

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race. They say that even 20 years

ago, this probably would not have

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been acceptable. Victoria, do you

think that is true?

Well there's not

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really the president to say it is

possible and now there is, it's

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obviously factually correct that she

would be the first mixed-race person

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to marry into the royal family,

family was made up of white European

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aristocrats for generations and some

would say that Britain is

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increasingly multicultural and the

Royal family has not reflected that,

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this is a milestone. It was

interesting in the interview, they

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were asked, do you think that he

represents something here? The open

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question that gave them the

opportunity to say, actually, we

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think we are in this way... They

chose not to do that and it shows

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for them that this is not something

they want to be seen to be making a

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thing off because it is not a thing.

That wasn't the reason...

Exactly.

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This wedding, as it will be, is more

that he can choose someone

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completely freely. It is more of a

social thing, then previously, there

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was the social group where

previously members of the Royal

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family could choose from here, as it

happened, they would have been white

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Europeans from aristocratic

families. That would have been

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defining. That's the biggest change

and as it happens, she is from a

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mixed-race background. It's a

perfectly good thing and so on. It

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shouldn't be the defining thing.

What should be a defining thing is

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that the Royal family are free to

choose who they want to marry

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without constraints. And a quick

look at the corgis, "The corgis took

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to her straightaway". Prince Harry

said this, he has had them barking

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at him for years, but she walks in

and they are happy about the whole

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thing.

A very good sign!

And that's

the best photo, presented in the

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best way.

I did a lot of tweeting as

things were announced and throughout

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I was tweeting some of those lines

coming out. This thing about the

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corgis, that is what has been picked

up on the most!

And one more story

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before we go back to The Guardian

newspaper, some news about Brexit,

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and the impact reports. This vote in

parliament, that the government had

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to hand over these documents buried

somewhere in Whitehall, it turns out

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they have handed over something that

MPs are not happy with?

It will not

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contain things market sensitive...

Or Romilly embarrassing to the

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government!

You sometimes get these

things and they are slightly

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spurious arguments, but I certainly

think of things are published, as

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much information as possible should

be available for Parliament to

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consider and it seems regrettable

that that is not going to be the

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case.

David Davis could be in

contempt of the house can he could

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be dragged before the speaker if he

is not careful. They are not happy

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with that, and one final story, on

the front of the Financial Times,

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about easyJet reporting a 44.5%

gender pay gap?

Yes, it's

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interesting -- 40 5.5% gender pay

gap. This is a particularly bad one,

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much worse than the national

average, and I think it's

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interesting, that even for a company

run by a woman, they have this big

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gap. We were looking at why it might

be the case, and it's because they

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have more female ones, basically.

What is interesting about the pay

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gap reporting is it forces ministers

to address this. Who and where we

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are employing.

It's opening up the

opportunity from the start for more

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women to go into it, being

encouraged and thinking it is

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something for them. And companies

feeling it is something they should

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do. That's what gender gap reporting

would encourage people to do.

Those

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are some stories that made it into

the newspapers! No doubt what is

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dominating, pictures everywhere of

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We

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have more details about the wedding

tomorrow. You will be waiting for

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that. It's another busy day for you,

Victoria. That's all for tonight,

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don't forget you can see the front

pages online. It is all there for

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you, seven days a week, on the

website.

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If you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it

later on BBC iPlayer

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. Coming up next, it's time

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