What the papers say – May 13

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here is little consensus on the main story of the day as Saturday’s newspaper front pages feature an array of subjects.

A week on from the coronation, it continues to occupy front pages with a newly released picture of the King and his heirs – the Prince of Wales and Prince George – featuring in several editions.

Alongside the picture on its front page, The Daily Telegraph says India is planning a push to recover colonial treasures from Britain, including the Koh-i-Noor diamond.

The Daily Mail also gives much of its front page to the royal picture as it focuses on its campaign to bring back tax-free shopping for overseas visitors, saying it has won the backing of 200 firms.

And the Daily Express mixes the royal picture with a report on Nikki Allan’s mother and her 31-year fight for justice as David Boyd is found guilty of the seven-year-old’s murder.

Politics and Eurovision jostle for attention on several front pages, The Independent’s digital edition combining the two with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak saying Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky should be allowed to address tonight’s final in Liverpool.

Mr Sunak is the focus of the i weekend as he comes under fire from former home secretary Priti Patel for the “managed decline” of the Conservative Party.

And the PM faces more criticism on the front of The Times as inventor and entrepreneur Sir James Dyson says government policies on science are deterring investment.

The Guardian focuses on Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s assertion that the party will have to offer a radical vision “further and deeper” than Tony Blair’s government to tackle the problems faced by the country.

The only agreement on front page lead comes in The Sun and the Daily Mirror, which both focus on the reported rift between This Morning stars Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

The Sun continues its coverage of the story by reporting on a “tense” phone call between the pair, while the Mirror suggests Schofield is fighting to keep his job.

A growing dispute between the US and South Africa over relations with Russia features in the Financial Times.

And the Daily Star focuses on the Pope’s call for Italians to have more children.