And so the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child, the fifth in line to the British throne, with the official announcement bellowed to the world by the official town crier.
But there was a slight problem: the crier, Tony Appleton from Chelmsford, actually has nothing to do with Kensington Palace or the royal family.
Despite Appleton showing up to every major royal announcement since 2013, often drawing cheers and dozens of press photographers, he is not actually part of the official process for announcing a royal birth.
However, that didn’t stop US broadcaster CBS leading their coverage with footage of Appleton delivering the “official proclamation” of the royal birth. The video has since been removed from Twitter, but the video below shows how CBS This Morning announced the news.
"oh god how embarrassing, I can't believe an American news network fell for that ridiculous town crier thing, can you IMAGINE if that's how we actually did stuff in this country?!" pic.twitter.com/HQ7v6qX0Uu
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