Tabloids irate over royal baby photos
LONDON – Of the various press rituals surrounding the British royal family, few are sillier than the vigil outside a London maternity ward, where squadrons of news reporters wait for a woman to go into labor. What follows is bedlam: Bookmakers with blackboards updating the odds on names, tipsy monarchists and exasperated journalists jostling to photograph the royal baby before the infant is whisked away to a palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, announced they were canceling the traditional photo op, and would share their own photos of the newborn after they had “had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
This did not go down well with the press. The Sun, Britain’s highest-circulation tabloid, chided the couple for infringing on “our royal rights.” In an unsigned editorial, it wrote, “Keeping the nation in the dark over details, even after the birth, is a bad look for the royal couple.”
Arthur Edwards, a Sun photographer who has covered the births of five royal babies, added: “It’s the way Harry is at the moment, he’s just got this bee in his bonnet that all the media are to be ignored.”