The SFW version of BBC's doodle mishap. (YouTube)The birth of Prince George has received more media attention than any other delivery in modern history. Naturally, in the avalanche of 24/7 news coverage, there are bound to be a few mistakes. The most recent blooper comes courtesy of the BBC network, which accidentally aired an obscene doodle on a photo of Prince William.
The image was part of a music video by the comedygroup Barbershopera called “I Could Have Married Kate,” which the network featured on yet another royal baby-related segment. Viewers with superhero-vision caught the split second shot of video's offending doodle. Hours later, the network released the following statement: "The material was provided by Barbershopera but we failed to spot the offending material within it. We apologize for this." Hey, everybody makes mistakes —particularly where the little prince is concerned. Here are a few other flubs, gaffes and goofs made in a frenzy of royal baby coverage.
- The accidental leak of baby plans. Of course, theLindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital had heavy police protection, which paparazziused to their advantage to score behind-the-scenes details of the Royal Birthbefore any official announcement was made at the Palace. Using a long-range lens, photographers wereable to see the full text of the palace's royal baby briefing in the hands of an unsuspecting policemen. Included in the memo: the time of the birth, aswell as Prince George’s height and weight.
- The royal report of sheer boredom. Some reporterscamped out in front of the hospital for nearly two weeks, which led to a bit ofstir craziness, and some hilarious on-air reporting. For example, BBCbroadcaster Simon McCoy told the public that “until the [birth announcement]we’re going to be speculating about the Royal Birth with no facts,” and thenexpressed his frustration by saying “God help us if this ends up being a longlabor.” Hey, at least he was honest.
- The congratulatory tweet that made us feel weird. The Government of Guernsey—a small island in theEnglish Channel—immediately tweeted well wishes to the proud parents. The onlyproblem? Instead of congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, theycongratulated the Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales, aka PrinceCharles. Once they realized their mistake, they quickly deleted and Tweeted acorrect congrats, but not before the mistake had been noticed and retweetedhundreds of times.