BBC presenter Simon McCoy has made the headlines after using sarcasm to deliver “breaking news
” about the royal family’s upcoming baby.
When on Wednesday McCoy was handed an announcement about the due date of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, the witty presenter could not help but scoff at the story.
“I’m not sure how much news this really is,” he said, after informing viewers that pregnant Middleton was going to give birth to her third child in April 2018.
“Now bearing in mind they announced that she was pregnant back in September and it was thought she was around two or three months pregnant, I’m not sure how much news this really is, but anyway,” the host deadpanned.
But he wasn’t done: “It’s April, so clear your diaries, get the time booked off because that’s what I’m doing.”
McCoy continued to mock the story on Twitter.
“Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April. #News,” he wrote.
McCoy’s lack of enthusiasm about the announcement triggered a wave of online reactions, with many users expressing the same feelings.
“It’s not often one person can sum up so much with so little effort. Genius,” wrote one Twitter user, while some other brought attention to the royal family’s costs.
Last year the issue made the headlines when nearly 100,000 people signed a petition to express their outrage over Queen Elizabeth II’s use of £369 million in taxpayers’ money to repair the Buckingham Palace, the royal family’s residence.
Petitioners argued that the royals should foot the massive bill themselves given the vast extent of their wealth.
Over the past years, the UK
government has been generous towards the royal family despite cutting billions in public funding.
Under former treasury minister George Osborne, the Queen’s sovereign grant for 2016 was increased by 7 percent, bringing the total to £42.9 million a year. For 2017, however, the figure was increased by two-thirds, reaching £76 million.
The grant is financed by the profit coming from the royal family’s 350,000 acres of land across the UK.