It really did seem, for a few minutes at least, like the royal baby
was finally ready for her/his close-up today, and the media mob outside
the London hospital went wild with excitement and tweets and twitpics.
News, Extra police arrive at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, amid
speculation Kate and William on their way," reported The Times' David Brown in a tweet.
the action around the door of St. Mary's Hospital, where nearly 200
media people have been camped for two weeks, stepped up. When a black
car pulled up, there were officious men who looked like "security"
Out stepped "Prince William" and pregnant
"Duchess Kate." Or not. As the cameras began firing and journalists
shouted, some people knew it was a hoax immediately.
"HAVE WE BEEN
HAD BY A ROYAL LOOK ALIKE??????????? To the Tower with her if we have!"
snort-tweeted Victoria Arbiter, royal commentator for CNN.
In fact, boo and hiss, it was all just a stunt by a tabloid (of course), Rupert Murdoch's The Sun,
the UK's largest-selling paper and the one that features topless women
on Page 3. Afterwards, the paper had a good crow about pranking the
"Oh, the shame of falling for it - for a nano second! Crazy Street really has gone global," Arbiter tweeted.
Royals correspondent Rebecca English of The Daily Mail
pointed out the signs of a hoax were obvious. "Of course the biggest
clue that it wasn't the couple themselves was that they turned up in a
black Mercedes.....slightly tactless," she sniffed in a tweet. (British
Range Rovers are more likely royal chariots than German luxury
Also, the idea that the couple would pull up to the hospital right in front of the media mob was a non-starter, too. A side door is more likely.
Still, the reporters stuck at the royal-baby stakeout had to hand it to The Sun: It was a good stunt, and showed just how desperate and bored the "GreatKateWait" has become.
publicity stunt by The Sun. Media all jumped at it. Some comic relief
during #RoyalBabyWatch," tweeted CNN's reporter on the scene, Atika
Others were miffed. "What an appalling stunt by The Sun
newspaper you would think they would know better at a working hospital,"
tweeted royals photographer Tim Rooke.
Afterwards, everyone went
back to waiting and speculating, gossiping and tweeting about whether
the royal couple were on their way into London. So far, no sign.
Duchess of Cambridge escaped London's heatwave last week to stay at her
parents' mansion in Bucklebury, 50 miles outside London. Yesterday, the
media jumped on the possibility that she may have the baby at a
hospital out there; today, the media speculation focused on whether it
might be days more before the birth and the church bells ring.