Wednesday 20 September 2017

Privilege comes at a high price for new royal baby

TO be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth may seem an ideal start in life to most people. But what does the 21st century hold for a royal baby? History tells us that being born to royalty can present its own problems. In the past it usually involved starting small wars and having illegitimate offspring. The most obvious difficulty facing Kate and William's son is that he has been born under the unrelenting glare of the media spotlight. Even before the birth, hundreds of journalists lined up outside St Mary's Hospital, London, awaiting the arrival.

Once the Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate Middleton as she is better known, arrived at the hospital, the 24-hour news services went into overdrive. One must admire their innovation in the face of nothing happening for hours on end, shots of the hospital, detailed discussions on the significance of due dates and the required footage of other royal births. In the mass-media world, the royal child will have to face even more scrutiny in the years to come.

To live one's life in the full glare of the public eye is not something many might welcome.

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