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July 29. 2013 12:01AM
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For months, the media had given in-depth coverage on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy that precariously bordered on utter voyeurism.

The hoax call placed by two Australian DJs to the hospital, where Kate was getting treatment for morning sickness, represents a tiny example of the great media interest in her pregnancy. But now the “great Kate wait” is over. The Duchess of Cambridge delivered an eight-pound, six-ounce, baby boy, much to the delight of her compatriots, who arrived in hordes outside the Buckingham Palace to celebrate his birth. Congratulatory messages have poured in from all over the world following the much-awaited birth of George Alexander Louis.

The international interest in the arrival of the royal baby has been especially phenomenal. The media in the US — a country that has been historically bereft of an aristocratic class and prides itself for giving its citizens equal opportunities — has ironically shown a great obsession with the royal baby. The news of Kate’s delivery made it to every major news bulletin and websites such as the New York Post altered their layout to dedicate space to coverage of the event. It seems like the modern fairytale has generated much fascination among the Americans, despite their age-old dislike for the concept of nobility or a privileged class.

But there are some who are rather puzzled or annoyed by this abnormal fixation on the latest addition to the British royal family and have taken to the social media to express their views. These people, however, should know that the royal baby mania is not going to die anytime soon. Soon the paparazzi will go in a mad rage to snap a picture of the newborn. Subsequently, the baby’s looks will spawn columns in tabloids. So, everyone must get ready to hear and watch anything and everything about the future King of England. George Alexander Louis — is definitely going to be the most talked about baby in the world, and there’s nothing that will change that.

The Khaleej Times, Dubai

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