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article imageAustralian breakfast show manipulates Prince William's NZ arrival

By David James Young     Jan 17, 2010 in Entertainment
Prince William of Wales is used to receiving warm welcomes wherever he may arrive across the world. So when it appeared as if this was not going to happen in Auckland, New Zealand, an Australian reporter took matters into her own hands.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's New Zealand correspondent, Kerri Ritchie, approximately twelve people had shown up to welcome Prince Harry, 27, into the country.
A reporter for the Today show on Australia's Channel Nine network was asked by her bosses to find fans at the airport that were carrying signs. Upon finding none, her bosses - via their studio in Sydney - simply told her to make her own.
With this, the reporter created signs with phrases such as "I love William" on them, handing them to a nearby group of women. Shortly afterward, a live cross from the Today show to the reporter in New Zealand was made. The women with the signs were featured, but no mention was made that these were not their own signs.
When questioned by the ABC reporter, the Today reporter explained it was a part of a "light hearted running joke" and that the footage would not make the evening news. No further elaboration of said running joke was given.
Prince William is to stay in New Zealand for the next few days before heading to Australia. Whether the Today show will attempt a similar stunt is unknown.
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