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Continued: Frenzy picks up ahead of royal birth

  • Article by: ANTHONY FAIOLA , Washington Post
  • Last update: July 11, 2013 - 8:54 AM

The challenge domestically to keeping a lid on the helicopter flyovers and bugged baby buggies, said Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Daily Express, is the wild card of foreign competition. Limits in Britain on reporting that a woman is pregnant before she reaches her 12th week, for example, meant that U.S. commentators were buzzing about the “royal baby bump” before the domestic press could enter the fray. And in a world where European and American tabloids unbeholden to the palace don’t always play by the rules — and where everyone with a smartphone is a potential paparazzo — the British press is fearing the worst. “We’re treading a tightrope all the time with the royal couple, and that’s only going to get thinner with the baby,” Palmer said.

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