Long after the American colonials broke away from the British monarchy, long after George Washington refused to take the title of “king,” Americans are still fascinated by anything British and royal.
The media incessantly pumped out news and features about the royal birth. TV networks gave us several “special reports” when Kate Middleton checked into the hospital, and then even more reports when the birth was announced, and then when Middleton, Prince William, and their baby went home. The 30-minute network evening news devoted as much as half of its time to the royal birth.
There was live coverage. There was taped coverage.
Radio gave us near-instant updates.