A Royal Pain for the Crown

Topless pictures of Fergie, Diana's phone canoodling: Can the Windsors survive this summer of discontent?

When the time comes for British government leaders to recommend the next honors list to Queen Elizabeth II, they might consider bestowing titles of some sort on Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. After all, the noisy bust-up of the American film stars' 12-year relationship served the British monarchy handsomely by shoving off the front pages of frenzy-feeding tabloids the photographs of a topless Duchess of York, a.k.a. Fergie, cavorting poolside with her American boyfriend in the presence of her two royal daughters at a rented St.-Tropez villa.

But the salacious news about someone else, for a change, brought no lasting respite...

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