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from Royal Wedding Diary:

Leaks and blushes for the royal family

Royals6.jpgIt was not the ideal week for the royal family as it gears up for the big wedding on April 29.

While media coverage of the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton has been gushing generally, there was embarrassment by association this week as the newspapers laid into William's uncle Prince Andrew for his friendship with New York financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was jailed in 2008 for child sex offences.

His alleged links to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam and the son of Tunisia's ousted president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, also have come under media scrutiny and led to calls for Andrew to lose his voluntary position as a special representative for a government body promoting British businesses abroad, a role he has held since 2001.

I would hazard a guess that Her Majesty the Queen is far from happy about the revelations and press coverage, which underline the ongoing tensions between the monarchy and the media, however willing newspapers and broadcasters appear to be to embrace the young royal couple and the big wedding day.

from Fan Fare:

What’s wrong with a royal knees up?

BRITAIN-WILLIAM/I'm looking forward to the April 29th wedding of Prince William to his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton as a chance to celebrate some of the good things about Britain.

People on my street and the street next to it are considering clubbing together for a street party on one or the other, my seven-year-old is learning a little bit about the political make-up of the country where he was born and a Friday off work in spring in a country that's pretty miserly with the public holidays can't be too bad of a thing.

from Fan Fare:

May one moan about the royal wedding?

Royals1.jpgI may be in Berlin covering the film festival, but I'm keeping half an eye on the press coverage of the royal wedding. Needless to say there is an awful lot of it, and some of the stories appear to be as much fiction as fact, if not more so. The tone is almost entirely positive, with commentators glowing about the young royal couple, her style, his grace, how good it all is for the country, economy, morale, soul -- oh you get the gist.

Now there is not necessarily anything wrong with being positive -- after all, we are talking about a couple of 20-somethings about to embark on a big adventure (marriage) and we should wish them well.

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