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'HOW could he do this to a child?' tutted the tabloids this week, in tones of moral outrage normally reserved for stories about battered children. But this was a tale of sartorial abuse among poor little rich boys Prince Harry and Prince William, dressed like miniature versions of their father in jackets and ties. In contrast to the uncomfortable stuffed-shirt look the princes wear whenever they accompany the Prince of Wales, the newspapers had dug out photographs of them with their mother, who usually does her best to pass them off as 'normal' children in baseball hats and sweatshirts.

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The Princess of Wales looks set to spend Christmas apart from her sons, Prince William, 10, and Prince Harry, 8. She has turned down the Queen's invitation to join the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham in Norfolk.
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