Tabloids irate over royal baby pho­tos

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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.”

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