Press: When In Doubt, Run the Royals

Britain's tabloids once again play up the palace

Diana, Princess of Wales, turned 26 last week. She celebrated in a private room at a London restaurant with Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and his wife. The British tabloids, however, toasted Diana's birthday in a very different way. WHAT HAPPENS IF CHARLES AND DI DIVORCE? bannered the sensationalist Sun across a two-page spread. "It's unthinkable," noted the paper in considerably smaller type. "But anything goes with the royals these days." Declared the rival Daily Express: "She's 26 today, far from shy and surrounded by Hip Hoorays who dance and joke with her till dawn."

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