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Ian Burrell The Royal family is putting its future at risk

The Royal Family and the media that follows it are involved in an existential struggle. It’s an extraordinary state of affairs, given that less than four years ago the royal hack pack was cheerleader-in-chief at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and hectoring the BBC for its bungled bowing of the knee at the Thames Pageant.

Grace Dent Royal baby birth: We've all had our special moment, now let Kate and

After many, many hours of televised twaddle, we have a new Prince. 8lbs, 6 ounces. All new babies are, as Nancy Mitford so rightly pointed out, ‘deep down among the frills and lace,’ little more than, ‘a howling orange in a fine black wig’. Even little Princes who arrive third in line to the throne heralded by the clammy, effusive trumpetings of Nicholas Witchell and the excitable questioning by Kay Burley of excited people about just how excited they are.

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