April Fools' Day 2017: The best joke stories from the papers this year

Mark Chandler
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Definitely not married in Vegas: PA Wire

It’s April Fools’ Day which can mean only one thing – newspapers making mischief with their annual string of silly stories.

With the advent of “fake news” and some bizarre recent major events around the globe, picking the fact from the fiction is more difficult than ever.

But here are some of the best red herrings and wind-ups we’ve spotted from across today’s papers.

The Daily Mail has a “world exclusive” with photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married in Las Vegas.

The paper reported the pair took part in a $300 ceremony, that included flowers, music and a souvenir photo.

Their Prince Harry impersonator looks fairly convincing – Miss Markle a little less so.

The Metro reported that ever-popular TV host and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan is being handed a top role as showbusiness adviser to US President Donald Trump.

Piers Morgan: New role? (Twitter/ Piers Morgan)

A “source” told the paper: ‘This is a match made in heaven. President Trump urgently needs guidance when it comes to making a positive impression in the showbusiness world.

‘Piers’ background makes him the perfect choice for this role, and hopefully if they work together they can find a way to make the president’s reputation great again.’


Over at the Telegraph, there’s the alarming news that a polar bear has been spotted in Scotland.

Journalist Rolla Piaf claimed the animal was brought to its new habitat after the sheet of ice it stood on broke away from the Arctic ice cap.

And The Sun has an exclusive by the wonderfully-named April Joe-Kerr that Poundland is ramping up its prices to cope with inflation.

A spokesman for the firm said: “In time we expect £1.19 Land to be as catchy as Poundland and hope customers will grow to love it.”

The i paper claimed third class standing-only train carriages would be reintroduced to ease overcrowding.

It reports: “Ministers have drawn up secret proposals to allow rail companies to strip seating from up to three carriages per train as franchise operators struggle to cope with burgeoning demands on Britain’s creaking rail infrastructure and rising customer dissatisfaction.”

The service will be called Super Economy or Rush Hour Plus, the paper reports.