Poll: It’s only a royal baby, people – do we care?


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keep calm crownIT’S A BOY! Born 4:24 pm British time, 8lbs, 6 oz. Both mommy and baby are doing well.

The Duchess Kate Middleton had been in labor for about 10 hours or so Monday afternoon.

I’ll admit it: I’m excited about the Royal baby, ok? Not to the alarming level of obsession the American media has with the future king or queen, but yes, a healthy, fun interest in this majestic bundle of joy.

Despite their faults and tragedies, England’s Royals put a real-life face to the happy, fairy tale stories we never tire of.  Disney would be out of luck if our fascination with princes and princesses waned, right?

But, there absolutely are people out there who don’t give a royal damn about such nonsense as royalty.

Pew Research polls from 1986 to present found that 60 percent of Americans did not follow “royal news on seven different occasions,” the one exception being Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Global News reported.

“While mothers in the U.K. are holding off naming their newborns to see what Wills and Kate name the royal baby, only a quarter of Americans are awaiting the news with bated breath,” the report said.

One hilarious tweet on Monday summed it up rather nicely, I suppose:

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