Saturday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Travel permits to stop Easter holidays abroad

People seeking to leave Britain from Monday will have to show a new permit proving they are travelling for essential reasons in a move to stop Easter holidays.

The crackdown ­– enforced by on-the-spot fines and the threat of criminal action – came as holiday destinations including Cyprus, Seychelles, Greece and the Spanish islands rushed to open to vaccinated Britons. Read the full story

2. Charity Commission reviewing Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal organisation

The Charity Commission is conducting a review of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s philanthropic organisation, The Telegraph can disclose. 

Well-placed sources have told The Telegraph the watchdog is examining how Sussex Royal was run and whether it complied with charity law. Read the full story

3. The inside story of the rift between Harry and Meghan and The Firm

There was something distinctly familiar about the Oprah Winfrey teaser in which Prince Harry declared: “My biggest concern was history repeating itself.”

The words, due to be aired during the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ tell-all interview on Sunday night, bore an uncanny resemblance to the statement released by Harry’s communications secretary, Jason Knauf, in November 2016 after the Sunday Express had revealed that the Prince was dating the American actress. Read the full story

4. Death rate back to normal as Covid infections fall by third in a week

Coronavirus infections have fallen by one third in a week, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show, as Public Health England (PHE) surveillance confirmed death rates were back to normal. 

Experts continued to call for an earlier relaxation of restrictions, although sources close to the Government insisted that a five-week gap between each stage was crucial to check cases were not rising, suggesting the release dates would not be moved.  Read the full story

5. NHS pay backlash threatens to overshadow Sunak’s Budget

Things could not have looked much rosier for Rishi Sunak on Thursday evening. A little over 24 hours after announcing his “spend now, tax later” Budget, the Chancellor was facing barely any backlash.

His policies would push the UK tax burden to its highest level in half a century, yet the rebellion which Tory MPs were threatening beforehand had turned to dust. Read the full story

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