Press: Royal Pain

Mirror bites Queen

As Britain's most eligible bachelor, Prince Charles produces front-page palpitations every time he is seen with a marriageable young woman. Until now, however, Buckingham Palace has kept a discreetly stiff upper lip when Fleet Street attempted to handicap the Prince's love life. Thus it was highly unusual when Queen Elizabeth II through her spokesman publicly denounced London's Sunday Mirror last month for a story linking the Prince and Lady Diana Spencer, 19, the winsome blond whom many Britons expect to be the next Queen. The Sunday Mirror's response was even more unusual.

The source of the Queen's ire was a...

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