Blog Posts by Anna Davies, Shine contributor

  • Dirty Prince William Doodles and Other Royal Baby Bloopers

    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.

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  • Prince George Is Officially on the Record

    The world has been enamored with the royal baby since December, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were going to have a baby, but Prince George, born on July 22, only officially exists as of this morning, when Kate and William formally registered his birth, according to a report from the U.K. magazine Hello.

    The royal family. (Getty Images)

    And the legal name is a mouthful, requiring almost two lines to write: His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Also on the document are the names and occupations of his mother and father—a change from when Prince William himself was born in 1982. Until 1984, there was no box on the form for a mother's occupation.

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    On the certificate, William lists himself as "Prince of the United Kingdom" and Kate as "Princess of the United Kingdom," which kind of makes it obvious that even though the form they’re filling out is the same on every citizen of the United Kingdom uses after they have a child, this is no

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  • Prince George Already Has It All ... Except His Own Website

    Royal baby George has already lost his domain name. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)He's the future King of England … but just how powerful is Prince George over his own domain? Domain name, that is.

    Just moments after it was announced on Wednesday that Prince William and Kate Middleton had named their newborn son George Alexander Louis, the website was snatched up by Luc-Andre Biggs, a Portuguese domain-name broker, according to a report from Wired magazine. Biggs could not be reached for comment, nor has he spoken publicly about his motivation for purchasing the name, responding to an inquiry by Wired with, "Why do you want to know?"

    This is far from the first time Biggs has made a play for potentially lucrative URLs. According to domain marketplace, Biggs's company, Key Domains, has over 3,000 domain names up for sale. But will stay on the market? Experts say it's hard to tell. "The laws around domain names are pretty complicated. Generally, to gain rights to a domain name, you must have a registered

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  • Some Royal Reactions to Prince George Get Lost in Translation

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Queen Elizabeth II attends a reception for the Winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise 2013 at Buckingham Palace in London. Tuesday July 23, 2013. (Photo by Philip Toscano/WPA-Pool/Getty Images)Prince Charles told the press he was “thrilled and very excited” and that it was a “wonderfully uplifting moment” for our country—and that he celebrated with his wife, Camilla, by popping a bottle of champagne, according to a report by US Weekly. This sounds like a typical response for a first-time grandfather … and far more excited than how other members of the Royal Family sound about the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge.

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    The royal newborn’s great-great aunt, Princess Anne, was quoted as saying that the birth had “nothing to do with me, but it’s very good news.” It’s a similar sentiment expressed to the press by Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, who wasn’t “terribly excited” about the impending birth because “everyone has babies.” And of course, last week, Queen Elizabeth herself had grumbled to crowds that she hoped the baby would be born soon so it wouldn’t interrupt her holiday plans.

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  • Royal Baby Who? Kate Middleton's Dog is Famous Too

    Getty ImagesKate Middleton and Prince William’s royal baby is born (it's a prince!) and the world is celebrating—but Lupo, the couple's black Cocker Spaniel may need a hug.
    Lupo, adopted by the couple in 2012, hasn't just been lazing around or playing fetch—he's been caught up in royal baby madness, just like the rest of us. Here's a look at his crazy life, as of late.

    Suddenly a big brother, he's sharing the limelight: With a new baby on board, Luppo, long regarded as the “child” of Middleton and Prince William will go through an adjustment period. Sure, he landed a spot on Tattler magazine’s “50 Most Fascinating People in the Country” list but with the new addition to the royal family, he's not the only cutie in the palace. As Nicholas Dodman, director of the Animal Behavior Center at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Mass., explained to Good Morning America, “When you have a young couple, like the royal couple, before they have children, the dog

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  • Royal Baby Craze: Queen Elizabeth's Cousin Is Not Impressed

    Young Queen Elizabeth II (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) The royal family seems to have more perspective on the royal baby than the world at large. As hordes of media, fans and royal-watchers huddle around the London hospital where Kate Middleton is expected to labor, it's business as usual for the family of the future monarch. Recently, the Queen’s cousin, 88-year-old Margaret Rhodes, told CNN she wasn’t “terribly excited” about the royal birth because “everybody has babies." 

    Rhodes, who remains close with her cousin, has witnessed her share of royal births and weddings.

    “Well, you know, everybody has babies,” she said during the interview with Christiane Amanpour. “And it's lovely, but I don't get wildly excited about it.”

    And she’s not the only one showing restraint when it comes to the royal baby. Even great- grandmother-to-be, Queen Elizabeth, said in an appearance in Cumbria, UK, that she’s eager for the royal baby's arrival because she’s “going on holiday” next week. At least Prince William got to go to his polo match last weekend, Read More »from Royal Baby Craze: Queen Elizabeth's Cousin Is Not Impressed
  • Pippa Middleton's Legal Battle with Fake Twitter Account

    Getty ImagesWhile Kate Middleton hunkers down at her parent’s house in Bucklebury awaiting the birth of her child with Prince William, sister Pippa Middleton is waging a legal battle with Mat Morrisroe and Suzanne Azzopardi, the creators of the Twitter account @Pippatips, according to a story published Sunday in the UK newspaper, The Independent.

    The Twitter account was created in 2012, shortly after the October publication of Pippa’s book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Family and Friends, and spoofed Pippa’s tendency to oversimplify lifestyle advice. Morrisroe and Azzopardi quickly acquired more than 50,000 followers by tweeting tips such as “Form friendships by being nice to people you like,” and “A nice hat can help keep the sun off, simply place on your head et voila - your own personal, portable shade.” Once Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy in December, the writers began tweeting pregnancy advice such as, “If your old clothes don’t fit, why not buy new ones with space for your

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  • Twitter Feeds Kate Middleton Delivery Frenzy

    Getty ImagesTwitter may be the fastest source for Kate Middleton baby news, but it's not the most reliable. Case in point: The false alarm tweets on Thursday announcing the future monarch's arrival. 

    Although there's been no announcement from Buckingham Palace and the official handle @BritishMonarchy has remained mum, that hasn’t stopped the social network from bursting with rumors of the royal baby’s impending birth.

    One Daily Mirror columnist quipped that Twitter was having "Braxton Hicks" contractions, similar to the false signs of labor moms-to-be have close to their deliveries. Example:

    The media is also getting sucked in. From London’s Daily Express reporter Richard Palmer:

    And Observer journalist Elizabeth Day tweeted

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  • Kate Middleton's Last Days Of Pregnancy: Royal Baby Countdown Fever

    (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)She may have gone on maternity leave a month ago, but it’s almost impossible for Kate Middleton to avoid the spotlight—especially as she only has a few more days to go before her alleged July 13th due date.  Journalists camping out in tents at St. Mary’s Hospital in London for over a week have have had little to report thus far.  “I guess we’re here just in case she walks through the front doors. Which is very unlikely,” one freelance photographer told the the National Post.

    Turns out, he’s right. Just yesterday, reports emerged that Middleton managed to go to the hospital for a stealth visit the other day. An intense security sweep prior to her arrival indicated to journalists and hospital workers alike that Kate may have been coming by, which was later confirmed by a patient telling E!News: “I was at the hospital with Kate Middleton! I was told it was a checkup.” (The palace did not confirm the account.) 

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  • Kate Middleton's Baby's Insane Family Tree: Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman

    Kate Middleton and Prince William's unborn child already has Hollywood connections.

    Apparently, the royal baby is related to Blue Ivy Carter the daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z, due to their shared French heritage, according to Find My Past, an online genealogy resource.

    If that's not A-list enough, the baby, currently dubbed HRH Prince or Princess, will also be the 27th cousin to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's six children, the 26th cousin (thrice removed) to Celine Dion's three kids, the 11th cousin to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's three offspring, the 20th cousin (twice removed) to Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard's two daughters, and the 22nd cousin to Uma Thurman's three tykes.

    "It's long been said that the USA and UK have a special relationship, and that is certainly the case between Hollywood's elite and the Royal Family," Find My Past rep Debra Chatfield told the Daily Mail. "The closest relation we found to the Hollywood children was the late Princess Diana. [Her]

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